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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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Megalite - overstuffed
I got a Megalite for its "shoulder room". I'm 5' 10" and have wide shoulders. But it's roomy enough for adding a puffy jacket and pants to get down to the single digits. ...

In GEAR » Megalite, or Ultralight?
October 08, 8:50pm

Don't confront, REPORT!
Report this behavior whenever you can and try to get photos of the culprits in a "stealthy-friendly" way. As stated earlier, these people, clueless or not, are criminals, ESPECIALLY in th...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Did you have an illegal campfire this weekend or recently?
September 27, 1:34pm

Double Wall Tents
I sold my single wall TT Moment and got the Moment DW with the "partial" ripstop inner. (i.e. netting vents in the top of the inner.) After getting wind-blown fine dust inside several ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Tips to keep face warm in a Tarp Tent
September 27, 1:29pm

An Alternative to GTX sox
I use light, seam sealed neoprene closed cell diver's sox for warmth inside my Merrill Moab GTX mid boots. But - and this is why I post this here - they work quite well in my non-GTX Moab lo...

In GEAR » Goretex socks for shoulder season worth it?
September 27, 1:18pm

Please enlighten me
I too like wood fired stoves and so I got a Trail Designs Caldera Cone Sidewinder and optional Inferno wood burning insert. It works great and is highly efficient with my 3 cup mated pot. What...

In GEAR » Backcountry Boiler (Boilerwerks) Nothing!
September 27, 12:56pm

New SPOT satellite
Greg, Very good question. I'm repeating what an REI store clerk told me that he was told a few days prior by a SPOT rep. It may be the rep. was referring to the GEOS International Emerge...

In GEAR » Got a new SPOT Gen 3
September 27, 12:43pm

Down fill & loft
I have two Eddie Bauer down garments, both First Ascent brand. The first was purchased back when EB parted (thankfully) from Speigel and brought our First Ascent. It is the down jacket I'm wear...

In GEAR » Montbell Ex Light Anorak- A Contrarian View
September 27, 12:32pm

Why the SPOT
I bought the SPOT instead of the DeLorme PLB because: 1. It was smaller and lighter than the DeLorme (If I had to carry the d@mned thing then it had to be as light as possible.) 2. SPOT technol...

In GEAR » Got a new SPOT Gen 3
September 27, 11:20am

Got a new SPOT Gen 3
Finally, after vacillating for a few years, I bought a SPOT Gen 3 locator beacon. I'm backpack elk and mule deer hunting by myself in northern-most Nevada at an average altitude of 9,000 ft. (2...

In GEAR » Got a new SPOT Gen 3
September 24, 4:59pm

Whole Paycheck
DK, No problems. Typed responses can't convey human interaction very well. On the topic of horrific food poisoning, Whole Foods, that quintessentially YUPPIE store, has recently had big p...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Ahh the joys of having a stomach bug 10ish days after backpacking
September 23, 12:30pm

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