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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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Nikon 8X32
For the money Nikon makes some nice 8X 32 binoculars. 8X42 are too large and heavy for backpacking.

In GEAR » Backpack Hunting Binoculars
August 02, 6:58pm

Two More Options
1. Six Moon Designs Skyscape X (Cuben fiber solo tent) 2. One of the Tarptent solo tents, either single wall or double wall. Great design, quality, customer service and fair pricing.

In GEAR » Tent take 2. Not happy with Solplex, next option?
August 02, 6:56pm

"Medium Small" -> 8X32
I have an old pair of Brunton binoculars in 8X32 mm. Not bad but nowhere near as good as my larger, heavier, medium sized 8 X 42 Pentax binoculars. But the lighter Bruntons go backpacking if I stil...

In GEAR » Backpacking binoculars
August 02, 6:49pm

Tentpole Technologies
I got a heavy duty pole from Tentpole Technologies. (larger diameter, thicker tube wall) The pole is for my TT Scarp 2 as part of my "winterizing" mods. They needed to know the pole l...

In GEAR » Does Hilleberg make burlier (say 10mm) poles as an option or accessory for red-label tents?
August 02, 6:27pm

PacLite breathability
I have a Cabela's PacLite Rainy River rain parka and pants. They absolutely do NOT breathe as well as GTX Pro. I use them only when I don't want to risk my eVent suit getting torn. PacLi...

In GEAR » High End Fastpacking Jacket for Bad Weather
July 29, 1:04pm

Combinatoin of factors?
It is possible that a lightning strike could have rendered both unconscious and in that state they were exposed to a relatively low level of CO over a long period of time. That might explain the...

In GEAR » Carbon monoxide death?
July 29, 12:55pm

Not listed online
I can't find these CF hiking poles on COSTCO's web site.

In GEAR » Weight of stripped down flick-lock Costco carbon poles (cascade Mtn Tech)?
July 28, 6:56pm

PT Scout + Photon
I have an old (i.e. out of production) Princeton Tec Scout headlamp that uses coin batteries. I also have a Photon but seldom carry it. For winter I use a PT Fenix (Tactical version).

In GEAR » Best backup light source
July 28, 6:51pm

I have REI's Kimtah eVent parka and have used it all 4 seasons, especially alpine and backcountry skiing. I like it a lot and over 5 years it still looks and works like new. I also have the...

In GEAR » High End Fastpacking Jacket for Bad Weather
July 28, 6:44pm

Georgian Bay 24 hour rain/windstorm
I was sea kayaking in Georgian Bay (off Lake Huron in Canada - eh?) and had to sit out a nasty storm alone in my 3 man Eureka dome tent. The storm was long and often intense, with lots of light...

In GEAR » Stories of bad weather and how your shelter went
July 27, 5:19pm

All Reader Reviews by Eric Blumensaadt

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Trail designs SideWinder
The Trail Designs Sidewinder is an "alternative" fuel stove that is a 3 fuel stove. I.e. it can burn alcohol, ESBIT tablets or wood. What's more it is highly efficient at all of these...

In Cookware - Other
June 18, 1:41am

Trail Designs SideWinder for AGG 2qt pot
My 3 cup Open Country pot is the perfect size for solo camping. It fits in the Sidewinder ti stove and using ESBIT with a modified Gram Cracker tablet holder (BGET) IMHO this is the perfect size sto...

In Stoves - Other
June 08, 2:06am

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