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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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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

Sarah, thanks you so much for alerting us to the frosting tubes. Now I'll just get those and forget the rolls. I can "administer" frosting directly from the tube to my mouth. Kind...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Cinnamon Roll Pan Biscuits
December 17, 1:54pm

Why just Aquamira??
Why not use Katadyn MicroPur chlorine dioxide tablets? Easy to carry a lot and easier than mixing Aquamira.

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Availability of Aquamira along AT
December 17, 1:45pm

WM and down DWR
Woubier, I talked to a WM rep yesterday and he said that it appears Down Tek, Dri Down and other down DWR treatments wash off fairly quickly and that is why they do not use a down DWR yet. H...

In GEAR » Winter down bag decision
December 17, 1:32pm

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