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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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Glove shells and liners
How many of you use glove shells with fleece/pile (or other) liners? I've found this to work better for me than any other system because I can: 1. remove damp, sweaty liners & replac...

In Winter Hiking » Glove shells and liners
September 17, 5:57pm

The North Face
Take a look at The North Face synthetic jacket that has the "puff ball" type insulation. Supposed to be very lofty and also retain that loft with use.

In GEAR » Upgrading Fall and Winter Jackets
September 17, 5:18pm

Six Moon Designs
If it was me I'd get a SMD Skyscape X (Cuben fiber tent). Great for 3 season camping. Even has a zip-in "porch" option. To me it's the best UL minimalist design out there. I ...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » Ultralight Tents.
September 14, 4:51pm

Discontinued PT Scout
My Princeton Tech Scout with 4 lithium coin batteries does very well and is even waterproof. I had one half of the shell break after many years of use. I called Princceton Tech and they said, &q...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » What headlamp do you use?
September 14, 4:46pm

Two recommendations summarized
These have been mentioned but bear repeating. 1. Buy the book "Freezer Bag Cooking" for great DIY meals and desserts. 2. Get a small dehydrator > make spaghetti sauce "leat...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » backpacking food
September 14, 4:41pm

Vasque Snow Junkies & VBL
With the Snow Junkies you will absolutely need a pair of VBLs to keep the insulation dry (and thus able to insulate). And if you camp with them then at night you'll need to put them in a stu...

In GEAR » Winter Boot Recomendation por favor
September 14, 4:25pm

Back support
I'm with Joshua on the Helinox Ground support chair. If'n I can't lean back then why bring it? OTOH, a chair like the Helinox is well worth it for canoeing and sea kayaking where th...

In GEAR » Looking for New Product Feedback- Camp Chairs
September 14, 4:17pm

"Belaying" stakes
I too have "belayed" my tent stakes with other stakes. It does work. I like the V pattern in the photo B/C it spreads the strain better.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Stake techniques
September 12, 10:41pm

Uh huh...
Well, ya got my sympathies. I'm the guy that cancelled a nice Sierras trip due to "Snake Lady" being a member of the party. Luck ain't guaranteed.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Trip Canceled: Let us Rant and Commiserate Together
September 12, 10:36pm

Spring Mountains, Las Vegas
At 9,000 to 10,000 ft. it can be up to 75 F. and down to 35 F. in June, July and August. It depends on a lot of factors because those mountains can get weather systems from the Pacific Northwest...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What ARE "summer nighttime temps" where you backpack?
September 12, 10:28pm

All Reader Reviews by Eric Blumensaadt

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Thermarest Neo-Air
I purchased a Regular (72") Neo-Air mattress from REI in April of '09. In backyard "camp" testing at 40 F I found it to be definitely more comfortable than either my lightweight ...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
April 24, 1:22am

Garmin Colorado 300
The new Garmin Colorado ia a MAPPING GPS and comes in various versions. I got the 300 version as it comes UNLOADED (no maps). The purchaser must buy Garmin's "Topo 2008" Mapsource CD for...

In Navigation Gear & Accessories
September 22, 10:41pm

Danner Radical 452 GTX Hiker
This is Danner's lightest hiking/backpacking boot at an advertised 2.8 lbs per pair (mens' 9) I bought it after a Keen eVent lined boot began to have its uppers stitching come apart after o...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
November 01, 10:50pm

NEOS Trekker overshoe
Long, long ago, in a city far, far away known as Erie Pennsylvania I had need of a tall overboot to put over my dress shoes. This was to help me to get TO my car to dig it out after a snow storm. They...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
October 30, 9:59am

Cabela's Thermastat
These long john zip T-neck tops & bottoms are VERY durable and very comfortable in many situations. I've had several sets of Cabela's Thermastat long johns, both medium and Expedition ...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - SYNTHETIC
July 06, 2:48pm

Black Diamond Cosmo is NOT cosmic, man!
...But not the worst. The main problem is that, unlike the very similar regulated Princeton Tec Quad headlamp. the Cosmo is NOT regulated. This means light diminishes as the battery power drops. Al...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
July 06, 2:37pm

Mountain Hardwear Phantom 32 F, 800 down
I owned a M.H.Phantom 32 for 1 month and returned it to REI after seeing a Western Mountaineering Megalite bag, which has a similar weight and temperature rating but much more loft than the Phantom 32...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
February 16, 12:40am

This relatively new backpack, now superseded by the very similar UL Cruise, is truly a UL backpack rated to 40 lbs max. It's twin, extruded & corrugated aluminum stays support the bag on the a...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
January 21, 11:17pm

JetBoil 1.5 L. pot
The larger of the JetBoil pots (1.5 L.) is great even without the JetBoil canister stove. I bought it to use with my canister stoves (Vargo Jet-Ti and MSR Wind Pro) and it IS more efficient than my 1....

In Cookware - Other
January 18, 9:56am

Vargo Triad
Vargo outdoors has improved the Triad XE convertable stove by changing to a larger alcohol container/burner. This stove is a good alky cooker with the new, larger burner and very versatile B/C the ba...

In Stoves - Alcohol
January 18, 9:50am