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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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Cabela's and OR gaiters
Mike, I like OR gaiters and Cabela's have a bunch, most in camo. Likely LL Bean would have some. The Huron gaiters sound warm. Regular uninsulated gaiters add at least 15 degrees F. to fo...

In GEAR » Gaiters for snowshoeing
March 25, 9:48pm

canary legs solved
You'll have to begin taking regular doses of steroids and working out at the gym. I recommend heel lifts. OR... use garters attached to your belt. Otherwise Gorilla duct tape is good around ...

In GEAR » Gaiters for skinny calves?
March 25, 9:43pm

Cooking "handle"
Bob, I use an aluminum pot gripper for my Sidewinder's mating 3 cup pot and the Wally Mart circumcised skillet.

In GEAR » open country non-stick pots
March 25, 9:38pm

Once upon a time...
...Trail Designs used to sell an Open Country non stick 3 cup pot and a hard anodized aluminum pot. Now its only the hard anodized aluminum pot. I got the hard anodized pot and it is a tough coa...

In GEAR » open country non-stick pots
March 23, 11:20pm

New Osprey hipbelts
My new Osprey EOS 58 and other larger Osprey packs have a softer, breathable mesh-covered foam that os soooo comfortable.

In GEAR » Load transfer to hips: hip belt webbing vs padded hip belt?
March 23, 11:15pm

March 27
I wuz told March 27 by an REI store clerk. But I dunno if this is keerect. Yeah - already spent my dividend - got a Princeton Tech headlamp.

In GEAR » REI Dividend and 20 % off sale ?
March 23, 11:13pm

Awning tarp
I've used awning tarps in canoe camping and car camping for dining flys and was damn glad I did in sunny hot or rainy weather. But this thread is to remind folks they don't always need t...

In Multiple Use Gear » Remember your "naked" tent fly
March 23, 5:33pm

My "wind shirt" rant...
I have never carried a separate wind shirt. I'll wear a tightly woven nylon shirt if I need bug protection. Instead of a wind shirt I carry my eVent rain park and use it as a wind shirt when...

In Multiple Use Gear » My "wind shirt" rant...
March 23, 5:29pm

Whut Randy sed
I agree with Randy about the extra weight of a wind shirt. Why carry a wind shirt that will NOT keep rain off you when you can take a good WPB rain parka (I like my REI Kimtah eVent parka) and...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Andrew Skurka - Core Clothing
March 23, 5:19pm

FEETS & staying warm in the wet
If you know you'll be wet (soaked by rain, constantly wading creeks, for ex.) Gore-tex boots will only work for a day or two at most before they wet out. I recommend wearing thin (2 or 3 mm...

In GEAR » Strategy for dealing with cold, freezing rain: WPB socks and midlayer question
March 23, 5:04pm

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