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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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Idiot group hike members
1. People who want to mooch off your food B/C they never carry enough of their own. 2. group members who bitch, belittle or are generally a PITA (nuff sed) 3. newbie hike partners that REFUSE to...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Naughty list....
December 23, 2:08pm

NEOS overboots for "mukluks"
Most people here have used NEOS as a moderately priced way to have mukluks. They work well but since they are totally waterproof you need a good VBL liner to keep your insulation dry, and thus keep...

In Winter Hiking » Cheap Mukluks?
December 23, 1:54pm

neoprene diver's sox
Brett, I use seam sealed thin neoprene diver's sox over thin poly liner socks for my VBL. Regular urethane tent seam sealer works well. This has proven very good over many years of both h...

In GEAR » Winter sandal footwear system?
December 23, 1:39pm

Read my post on "Re-thinking the EB Karakoram 0 SrormDown bag. Like the idea of down DWR but not EB's bag design. Still deciding but likely sending it back.

In GEAR » quality dri-down sleeping bags?
December 21, 5:21pm

Rethinking EB Karkoram 0 sleeping bag
After inspecting my new EB bag I may send it back instead of re-doing the draft collar. The main reason is what I feel is the lack of sufficient loft. It's almost like a Mountain Hardware type ...

In GEAR » Rethinking EB Karkoram 0 sleeping bag
December 21, 1:09pm

Best book on the subject
Art, Be sure to read "Allen and Mike's Really Cool Backcountry Ski Book". Best book on the subject of winter camping and travel, bar none.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » 4-day winter backcountry trip
December 20, 5:58pm

Winter bag items
1. light Neoprene VBL diver's sox (seam sealed) 2. boot liners!! (Unless you like freezing feet at breakfast time and while breaking camp) 3. water (in a Drybag - just in case) 4. ALL electr...

In Winter Hiking » List of things to keep warm in your sleeping bag
December 20, 5:53pm

I have an REI Kimtah "suit" of parka and pants. I like the breathability and durability of the mid-weight fabric. About 1 lb. for each piece. I just waited for various sales to buy the pa...

In GEAR » Waterproof Pants ?
December 20, 5:41pm

EB Karakoram's so-called "collar"
So I finally got my Karakoran 0 bag today. LENGTH - It's just right for me (5' 10") and my boot liners, water, GPS, camera, etc. It's exactly the Same length as my MH -20 F. siz...

In GEAR » Winter down bag decision
December 18, 10:43pm

Thanks Henry and Franco
When I went to the TT site tonight to show my buddy how to find tent specs and I showed him the see-thru tab and I was amazed to find "occupants" in the tent. Love the sitting and lay...

In GEAR » Live dummies at Tarptent
December 18, 10:02pm

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