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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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I like to make my tent more comfortable with a few extras. GUY LINES: I make up all needed guy lines at home with small snap hooks at the tent end and Line Loc sliders at the stake end. (Guy l...

July 23, 3:49pm

It takes effort...
When creeks or rivers are available I sit or lay in it and stay there as long as I can take the cold water - usually 5 minutes. SHAMPOO & SHAVE: Dr. Bonners' or equivalent soap. Rinse we...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How do you stay clean?
July 23, 3:20pm

Indian Peaks range
Erica, Take a look at the Indian Peaks range for good hiking and backpacking. (But take a wind-worthy tent, the Indian Peaks range can be very windy at times.) One nice intro solo backpack is...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Colorado Backpacking Resources
July 23, 3:13pm

"Vetting hiking partners"
Art, Actually my last backpack with "Her Dreadfulness" in Utah WAS the "vetting". And not going on this trip was "taking myself out of the situation". Our trip ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Avoiding nasty hiking partners...
July 23, 2:57pm

Porter packs
Derrick, I think a Porter pack would be very good for your purposes. I've strapped my MSR Lightning Ascent 'shoes to my Dana Terraplane but putting them between the frame and the pac...

In GEAR » Winter Pack recomendations
July 22, 10:41pm

Get thee behind me Satanic map!

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What does everyone think of the new US Topo map type from USGS?
July 22, 10:31pm

Teaching high school & hiking with a rattlesnake
>I spent 35 years teaching high school from the Philippines to Pennsylvania. >I'm very well inoculated against kids trying to get under my skin. >I practice walking and sitting ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Avoiding nasty hiking partners...
July 22, 10:27pm

Look at the larger Osprey packs. Very comfortable.

In GEAR » Winter Pack recomendations
July 21, 9:39pm

Uh Huh...
Mercedes, my sentiments persactly! Noise Arms falling off sides Inflating at 9,500 ft. not fun Falling temperature partially deflating it during the night That was enuf fer me. Now my Prol...

In GEAR » Relenting on NeoAir XLITE
July 21, 9:38pm

My alcohol bottle
I carry a plastic hip flask with 150 proof Navy Rum. ;O) But my ESBIT tabs go in a coffee bag.

In GEAR » What do YOU use to carry alcohol?
July 21, 9:32pm

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