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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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Tri Ti - good buy
I love the Tri-Ti setup.I have the "little brother" Sidewinder and, with a 3 cup pot, is the perfect size for ESBIT tablet fuel. However let me say that I feel using ANY ti pot is sens...

In Editor's Roundtable » Flash Reviews No. 13
August 26, 12:24pm

"Back in the day..."
When I flew from Pennsylvania to California in 1980 to work as a professional trail builder on the 9 mile Snow Creek section of the PCT I had to sleep in my 2 man Jansport wedge tent and bring ever...

In GEAR » Backpack for Air Travel?
August 25, 11:37pm

TT Scarp 2
I like my Tarptent Scarp 2 and have ridden out strong winds in it but no rain beyond light showers. See my photos of how I "winterized" it with X-ing poles run INSIDE the fly for bette...

In GEAR » Tent - lightweight two person double walled tent suitable for cold wet winter weather in northeast
August 25, 11:23pm

When you need 'em you NEED 'em
I only take rain pants in the Rockies to deal with the often intense afternoon thunderstorms. I've sat out an hour storm on the Colorado Trail and several half hour storms. Nice to have the...

In GEAR » Rain Pants - are they worth it?
August 25, 11:20pm

The trees did sway, the wind did blow when I heard the chopper descending low, Then from my tent I did bolt and stood in wonder of a confusing sight, The chopper, "RESCUE" painte...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » CONTEST: who can write the best SPOT messenger OK/check-in poem?
August 21, 12:16pm

Lack of hikers W/free time
My problem is finding someone, ANYONE, who has the time off to go backpacking. I'm retired (yeah, I'm rubbing it in) and can schedule round others' calendars but few seem to be able to ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Findings on going solo
August 21, 12:00pm

"amok" is a Filipino word (in most of the 60-odd dialects) that means "crazy". Is this hammock design crazy? (Being of the tenter persuasion I wouldn't know.)

In GEAR » Amok Draumr - Anyone tried one?
August 21, 11:43am

Hmmmm, and a suggestion
Your 1/4" hardware screen may be too large for good spark control. I'd suggest one size down (1/8") at least

In Make Your Own Gear » Wood stove spark risk abatement solution
August 21, 12:36am

And a surprise!
1. REI Sahara polyester W/ zip-off leg 2. 511 brand nylon pants 3.(surprise) Duluth Trading Co. "Flex" weave 4.7 oz. nylon cargo pants with 3% Spandex and a crotch gusset. Just ord...

In GEAR » What'are your top 5 hiking pants?
August 21, 12:20am

Nice Aluminum pots
Trail Designs sells hard anodized aluminum pots made by, I believe, "Open Country".

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » looking for titanium pot
August 17, 11:40pm

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