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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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Thanks Rex, I needed that info for a synthetic winter bag. Sweat collects(condenses on the shell in copious amounts, leaving an "odour" later. I hope it's good for boos and sandals...

In GEAR » Mirazyme works great on sleeping bags!
April 19, 11:37pm

"Just handing it to a child..."
James m' boy, truer words were never spoken! I recently showed my 9 year old grandson how to make a fire using my Swedish striker. Later, after successfully starting a fire and after whir...

In GEAR » Yes, you can break a Lexan spoon
April 19, 11:23pm

Tent Tech
I love a good tent. But what IS a good tent? ->lightweight - This usually means silnylon or cuben fiber for the fabric and aluminum or carbon fiber shock-corded poles. Also strong but light...

In GEAR » Tent Tech
April 19, 11:09pm

For me a bubbleope is still to 'fat' to carry. I made a cozy from some fleece and Velcro - folds up nicely but keeps freezer bags nicely hot.

In GEAR » Bubblope = Ready to go freezer bag cozy
April 19, 9:24pm

Ahd here I thought my Lexan long handled spoon was indestructable. Well, I carry a tiny lockblade Gerber knife so If'n I break my spoon maybe I can whittle a "spoon" 'til I ge...

In GEAR » Yes, you can break a Lexan spoon
April 19, 9:17pm

I use a Pelous $20. digital postal scale that weighs items up to 5 lbs. in oz. or grams. Love it. Total pack weight is done on digital bath scales.

In GEAR » What scale do you use?
April 19, 9:13pm

The smallest tent that Tarptent mskes is the Moment DW. Your pooch MAY fit in the main vestibule and IMHO that's where a dog belongs - on their own mat. Other options are the TT Stratospire ...

In GEAR » A Solid UL Shelter!
April 18, 2:00pm

Congrats Phillip on "converting" to alcohol - stoves, that is. After you've used alky stove for a while look at Trail Designs "Sidewinder" Caldera Cone ti stove. It's...

In GEAR » I've crossed over the river to a new level of gearhead status
April 18, 1:56pm

"Half done is well begun."
I agree with Tjaard, finish this article as Will Reitvelld would do, with two more articles on the "other" lightweight tents out there and a final fourth article with good comparison tabl...

In Editor's Roundtable » Top Ultralight Tent Review
April 17, 8:06pm

"The "Food" here...
...is actually pretty good, but the portions are small." On this "General Backpacking" page that is, not Gear and others. Well, yeah, maybe I should quit griping and contribute a ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Ehy do I even bother to look at this page?
April 17, 7:43pm

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