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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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Roger, Oiled silk tent, Now that's thinking that I'm asking for. Light and highly water resistant. As a Rev. War re-enactor we used white, untreated cotton tents which actually worked on...

In GEAR » Back to the 1700s
June 30, 1:24pm

SUL forum for this question
I think you'd find a MUCH more receptive crowd over in the SUL page. Lots of people there eschew hip belts. It is the "au currant" style for many there. I say "style" advise...

In GEAR » No Hipbelt
June 30, 12:56pm

"hot" and 'VEGAS HOTTT
Here in the 'Vegas valley it's been over 105 F. for the last 14 days. Some days were 112 F. and 113 F. So here a "hot car" might mean easily 120+ inside the car. I leave NO bac...

In GEAR » Gear and hot car
June 30, 12:51pm

"Embrace the suck"
(As the SEALs say) Yeah, if it's VERY wet GTX boots will likely fail after a few days. Just get good draining boots or shoes like Merrill Moabs and wear synthetic/wool blend socks. Take 3 pa...

In GEAR » PNW rain footwear... recommendations, please...
June 29, 4:59pm

Yellowstone "bear/ car break-ins"
Gary, Rangers told us that if we parked at Toulmene (sp?) Meadows bears there WILL absolutely tear car doors open to get a bag of Natchos.

In GEAR » PNW: Do Bears Break into Cars????
June 29, 4:53pm

Continuing on with other year...
I'm amazed that so many are interested in this weird "Back to the 18th Century" thing. OK, more items: (Remember, money is no object here. You're rich B/C you just beat Eli Whi...

In GEAR » Back to the 1700s
June 29, 4:29pm

Whichever spray has the furthest reach
I carry the large canister in Yosemite. More than one bear encounter is likely.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Bear Spreay 225g or 325g?
June 29, 4:01pm

I'm of the hip belt persuasion
In fact if I'm carrying more than 10 lbs I'm uncomfortable without a hip belt. I have L4 & L5 "moderately herniated" discs that do not bother me unless I put too much weigh...

In GEAR » No Hipbelt
June 29, 3:53pm

Photos always help others who may want to so similar mods.

In GEAR » Mods to ULA Circuit
June 29, 3:41pm

Wrong forum??
OK, guess I've asked this question in the wrong forum. I perhaps wrongly assumed that SOME SUL backpackers used framed packs. Or at least my question been answered by non-frame users. ...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » Example of a SUL internal frame backpack?
June 28, 7:09pm

All Reader Reviews by Eric Blumensaadt

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Vargo Triad XE
The XE version of Vargo's Triad is an improvement in several ways. 1. After I complained of the original removable alcohol burner being too small the company owner responded by making it larger...

In Stoves - Alcohol
May 18, 8:51pm

Brunton Flex
This is the newer version of the Prumus/Brunton Crux canister-top stove and appears to have corrected faults reported by Crux owners. First the number of fold-out pot supports has increased from 3...

In Stoves - Canister
May 10, 3:38pm

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