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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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Georgian Bay 24 hour rain/windstorm
I was sea kayaking in Georgian Bay (off Lake Huron in Canada - eh?) and had to sit out a nasty storm alone in my 3 man Eureka dome tent. The storm was long and often intense, with lots of light...

In GEAR » Stories of bad weather and how your shelter went
July 27, 5:19pm

Flatiron region or Indian Peaks
The Flatirons are right nest to The People's Republic of Boulder and may not permit camping but you can stealth camp off trail. A better place is the Indian Peaks trailhead just outside of N...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Suggest a route for me -- late October, near Denver
July 26, 3:31pm

Katadyn Micropur tablets
Ed, I recommend Katadyn Micropur chlorine dioxide tablets instead of Aqua Mira drops or tabs. Easier to use and, IMHO, a more reliable purifier. The U.S. military, among others, uses them so it...

In GEAR » Thanks for all of your help so far!
July 20, 3:32pm

AHA! Yet another little pearl of wisdom from BPL contributors. Nice to know.

In GEAR » Knife and ferro rod
July 20, 3:28pm

Trail Designe Open Country pots
Trail Designs, makers of Caldera Cone stoves, sell Open Country pots that are hard anodized on the inside. They come with a lid. I have a 3 cup Open Country pot to fit my Sidewinder CC stove an...

In GEAR » Recommend me a good pot.
July 20, 3:26pm

Pot sides heat exchange
Jerry, What you're saying seems to be what Trail Designs discovered and developed with their Caldera Cone design. The pot normally sits all the way inside the cone, suspended by the pot'...

In GEAR » Do You Have a Gear Modding "Magnificent Obsession"?
July 18, 12:01pm

Eddie Bauer 1st Ascent
The jacket in my avatar is the original EB First Ascent jacket. I wish I had one of the new First Ascent jackets with Dri Down treated down but mine in still great for western backpacking at hi...

In GEAR » Down Jacket Help
July 17, 3:06pm

"Dr. Daniels"
A good shot or two of Jack Daniels or Jim Beam before crawling out of yer bag/quilt will get yer heart started and tide ya over 'til the coffee is ready. * Alcohol dilates yer blood vessels ...

In GEAR » Please give suggestions to help solve waking up from cold
July 16, 7:16pm

David, That is sooo interesting. A pot with built-in insulation. Just patent the damned idea and then sit back and collect the partial royalties when some company just "has to have it"...

In GEAR » Do You Have a Gear Modding "Magnificent Obsession"?
July 16, 7:13pm

If'n I didn't already have a nice Brunton Flex stove I'd get one. Maybe I still will for a friend who had his ENTIRE house robbed of every item moveable including all camping gear. ...

In GEAR » BRS 3000T stove.
July 16, 7:06pm

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