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Eric Blumensaadt (Danepacker) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Mojave Desert
About Me Retired H.S. teacher, 10 yr. Nat'l Nordic Ski Patroller, fmr. XC racer, Army ROTC winter survival instructor, hunter, backpacker, former ACA moving water canoeing instructor, sea kayaker.
FINALLY have become a lightweight (not UL)backpacker.
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All Forum Posts by Eric Blumensaadt

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Your coldest night camping?
Mine is -22 F. in a quinzhee in Pennsylvania. For a tent it's -5 F. in both PA and W. Virginia. All times were comfortable sleeps.

In Winter Hiking » Your coldest night camping?
February 06, 3:51pm

eVent
I prefer the breathability of eVent so I can use my rain parka as a windshirt as well. Although it weighs exactly 1 lb. I prefer my REI Kimtah eVent parka to lighter ones for its durability in b...

In GEAR » Rain Jacket suggestions - Plasmic?
February 05, 6:57pm

Left/Right zippered bags
Look at Campmoor's catalog and see if they have inexpensive down mummy bags with left and right side zippers. These type of bags can be opened, laid flat and mated into one big bag. Call Campmo...

In GEAR » Down Sleeping Bag for summer hiking in European Alps advice
February 05, 2:01pm

If'n it wuz me...
I'd get a WM Megalite. I've used mine with Thermilite Micro insulated jacket and pants to 10 and was a bit too warm but had the necessary room inside. I'm sure it would be fine to 0 F. ...

In GEAR » Western Mountaineering Sleeping Bag Quiver- Help me pick my 3rd Bag
February 05, 1:38am

carbon felt pot cosy??
Soooo... could I get some carbon felt from Mini Bull and replace the (now scorched) neoprene pot cosy on my 1.5 L. Jet Boil pot and STILL get good heat containment and "fire profness" as ...

In GEAR » Your carbon felt uses?
February 03, 6:20pm

Scarp 2 & wind
Bill, I have a Scarp 2 BUT I modded it for winter winds and snow load. Go to "Winter Hiking" here in BPL and look for my Scarp 2 mod photos. You CAN make a Scarp 2 extremely wind w...

In GEAR » Changing gear and need tent help. ( loooong)
February 03, 6:00pm

Problem...
You have a problem. The polycro groundcloth s sticks out beyond the tent all around. This will collect water and let it run under the floor. (Don't ask...) SOLUTION: Cut the ground cloth 2&q...

In GEAR » Skyscape X -minor mods.
February 02, 9:22pm

eVent parka
For many years my solution WAS a Cabela's GTX PacLite parka & pants. "OK" but barely in terms of breathability. Now I have REI's Kimtah eVent parka and pants and love them....

In GEAR » Convince me I don't want an M10?
February 02, 12:41pm

Centraal stay
Interesting stay location. If it is custom contoured then it should be comfortable. I like the contoured sides which place more load toward the upper half of the pack. Great fabric choices and g...

In Editor's Roundtable » MYOG: A flexible frame for ultralight backpacks
February 01, 11:21am

A New Hunting/Backpacking Pack
Check out the article by Dave Chenault on the Paradox Evolution pack. I'm selling my old Dana Terraplane pack and buying the Evolution for hunting and winter backpacking. It's much ligh...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » "Ultralight hunting"
January 30, 1:27pm

All Reader Reviews by Eric Blumensaadt

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Tarptent Scarp 2
I purchased the Scarp 2 SPECIFICALLY for 4 season use. I knew I would modifiy it for winter use when I purchased it. The Scarp 2 is my 3rd Tarptent, following a Contrail and Moment SW. Like them it...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
November 02, 8:09pm

Allen and Mike's Backcountry Ski Book
"Allen & Mike's Really Cool Backcountry Ski Book" is the very best book on teh eop I have ever read - and I've read most of them in the last 40 years of backcountry skiing and ca...

In Books and Media
October 24, 8:01pm

REI Kimtah
Recently got the REI Kimtah eVent parka and on a Ruby Mountains, Nevada backpack found it to be as good a wind jacket as it is a rain parka. The sale price was $159.95 which is 30% off the regular ...

In Clothing - Raingear
October 03, 1:45am

Eddie Bauer Down Sweater
I purchased an Eddie Bauer Down Sweater (their term) on sale this summer for $89. It was reviewed by Will Riveted in his extensive articles of light down jackets and got a favorable, "middle-o...

In Clothing - Insulating - Down
October 27, 8:15pm

Thermarest Trail Pro Regular
I won my Trail Pro regular at a Sierra Club Outings leaders training seminar, otherwise I would not have spent the money B/C I seldom car camp. But now I have an alternative for a winter ski camping m...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
May 03, 9:56pm

Brunton Crux
I bought the Brunton Flex because of its wider burner ring for better heat distribution so I wouldn't get a hot spot on the bottom of my pot when cooking. I was not aware that there was a Brunt...

In Stoves - Canister
January 29, 9:38pm

tarptent moment
I give the Moment a "5" because I feel it is currently the best solo single wall tent design. It has great quality, innovative design and excellent attention to detail. My previous solo ...

In Shelters - Single Wall Tents
December 24, 12:52pm

Carbelas GORE-TEX® PacLite® Rainy River Parka
Cabela's Rainy River GTX PacLite parka (and pants) are THE bargain in good quality, lightweight, breathable rainwear at the 2010 regular $99. price. The Taslanized fabric is a matte finish, unlike...

In Clothing - Raingear
August 08, 12:10am

Vargo Triad XE
The XE version of Vargo's Triad is an improvement in several ways. 1. After I complained of the original removable alcohol burner being too small the company owner responded by making it larger...

In Stoves - Alcohol
May 18, 8:51pm

Brunton Flex
This is the newer version of the Prumus/Brunton Crux canister-top stove and appears to have corrected faults reported by Crux owners. First the number of fold-out pot supports has increased from 3...

In Stoves - Canister
May 10, 3:38pm