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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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Two suggestions
1. Tarptent Moment DW - I own one and love it. Lots of room for one and it has 2 doors & 2 vestibules. 2. Six Moon Designs Skyscape (silnylon version) - a hybrid 1/2 wall tent that is very l...

In GEAR » Starting to go UL, looking at tents
March 12, 11:18pm

"Y" stakes stronger than "V" stakes
The MSR Ground Hog Y cross-section stakes are stronger in resisting deformity from pounding on the tops than V stakes in my experience. And SMC or other brands' aluminum C cross-section s...

In GEAR » Y-stakes vs. V-stakes?
March 10, 5:39pm

Showing an Afghan vet my UL gear today
A young former Army Ranger with Afghanistan tours is coming over today to look at my UL gear. He wants to get into backpacking. I'm hoping it impresses him enough to want to get some. He ask...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Showing an Afghan vet my UL gear today
March 08, 2:02pm

Lexan spoon & tiny lock blade knife
I use only a long handled Lexan spoon and a tiny Gerber "Bear Grylls" lock blade knife. The knife is Gerber's smallest lock blade so I put a braided Triptease cord lanyard on it to pr...

In GEAR » Spork vs spoon
March 08, 1:46pm

UPS &B DOWNS & snowshoes
Bob M. I hear you about snowshoes in rough terrain. I'm originally for Erie, PA and our mountains are much like New York state. I've used both backcountry skis (& skins) and snowshoe...

In Winter Hiking » North Easterners, please report on your frigid winter camping
March 07, 8:55pm

There IS God!
As Ben Franklin said, "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." And this grand innovation is proof that God loves backpackers.

In Editor's Roundtable » Backcountry Brews
March 05, 8:58pm

Ian's C4 uses
Reminds me of the saying, "There is no problem that cannot be solved with the proper amount of explosives." ;o) And other "Downrange Wisdom": >"Incoming has the...

In GEAR » knife vs saw vs hatchet vs axe!
March 05, 8:24pm

#4, fer sure Dude!
I'd go with the TN Laser for many reasons but mainly for its ability to withstand high winds better than your alternative shelters. Similar to the TerraNova Laser is my Tarptent Moment DW (W...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » Which shelter?
March 05, 8:13pm

Amazing fortitude!
This is a true adventure story. Very few have done this and the time it took them was quite fast. In this season it's as much about skill as it is proper gear. As a backountry skier I respe...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Trauma & Pepper finish their winter-thru of the PCT
March 05, 7:54pm

Pack sizing
My Osprey EXOS 58 SHOULD be a size Medium based on my measurements on an Osprey sizing device. But I opted for a size Large so the shoulder straps would not wrap around my shoulder and put weig...

In GEAR » Pack that doesn't lead to shoulder pain
March 02, 4:16pm

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