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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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Another book on winter travel
"Allen and Mike's Really Cool Backcountry Ski Book" is the very best book on the subject I've ever come across. As a ski patroller who has taught US Army ROTC cadets winter sur...

In Winter Hiking » Hiking in the Snow for Beginners.
August 20, 10:12pm

Lemony-scented plastic bags
Don't never carry them thar scented bags in bear country. Yummmmm!

In GEAR » Getting rid of lemon-y plastic bag smell
August 20, 10:03pm

Tent vestibules and TENT VESTIBULES
To me a good tent vestibule serves several purposes. Namely: 1. Shelter the inner tent entrance from rain and snow 2. Provide a space for a pack and boots 3. Provide a sheltered cooking area ...

In GEAR » Tent vestibules and TENT VESTIBULES
August 20, 9:56pm

Epic posting...
Justin, You ain't seen nuttin' yet. Wait until they get to posting on mattresses or tarps or "THE BEST" of whatever gear.. And then we usually have a good "Why I'm...

In GEAR » Best UL non-stick frying pan for the trail?
August 20, 9:42pm

Down bag recommendation
I have a nice Western Mountaineering Megalite down3 season bag thatt I had WM "overstuff" with more down for 20 F.. BUT, now that water resistant down treatments are out like Dri-Down...

In GEAR » Newbie
August 20, 9:37pm

My (POS) Ti frying pan
I have a beautiful Japanese made Ti frying pan - FOR SALE! It sticks and, like all Ti cookware, has a hot spot in the center due to the material's lack of good heat dissipation. I now use a...

In GEAR » Best UL non-stick frying pan for the trail?
August 20, 9:29pm

r.e. Enan specs...
Thanks Ken, Hilleberg says it's for "... your snow-free adventures." I think it can work in snow too. Nice relatively (compared to Akto) light weight. Now to put a Tarptent ...

In GEAR » Hilleberg Tent thread
August 17, 8:26pm

"Second breakfast"
A second breakfast?? What is yer friend, a Hobbit? ;o)

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » backpacking food
August 17, 8:17pm

Enan specs...
Hey Ken, Please post the specs for the new Enan. I'm "all-a-twitter" about this tent, to quote Dirty Harry.

In GEAR » Hilleberg Tent thread
August 17, 6:24pm

Yeah, I know its Norway for your trip. "Dutch Alps" was my feeble attempt at a joke. Being a Tarptent fanboy I was unaware that Z-Packs was Cuben fabric. In that case you should have ...

In GEAR » norway september
August 17, 6:12pm

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