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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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Thread longevity!
This thread NEVER dies! Whycome? Stuart, Great photos and story. Your "mountain goat" son will never forget that day.

In GEAR » Hilleberg Tent thread
October 22, 10:16pm

Uh Huh!
I have both a PacLite and an eVent rain suit and, of course, eVent breathes much better and it is my preferred rain suit. The parka is my main ski parka. PacLite suit-> Cabela's Rainy Riv...

In GEAR » Lukes Ultralite now using eVent
October 22, 10:09pm

Down DWR!
Whatever jacket you get I'd recommend one with a down DWR like Down Tech or Dri Down. I'm pretty sure Sierra Designs and LL Bean sells down jackets with DWR treated down. Read up on ...

In GEAR » Another which down jacket thread
October 22, 10:04pm

Roger is keerect
"Plasticizers" , or the chemicals that FORMERLY were given off from drinking containers do not exist in current dinnerware and plastic containers sold in the US, the EU and other develope...

In GEAR » Recommendation for a titanium cup?
October 14, 6:07pm

pink flamingo
I read about a guy (NOT me) that carried a plastic pink flamingo the entire Applachian Trail and set it up by his tent or AT shelter every night. Now THAT'S class. (Talk about "campy...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Dumbest thing you ever carried
October 12, 10:37pm

(some) boulders
A boulder or three can provide wind protection BUT try to pitch near one with a top that slopes a w a y from your shelter so snow doesn't build up and slide down on or beside your tent/tarp. ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Sheltered Camp
October 12, 10:32pm

Whut rOg sed
I agree with rOg, 2 tents makes more sense. My spacious Scarp 2 is very easy to set up. Has two entrances & two vestibules.

In GEAR » One Tent or two for a family of four
October 12, 10:23pm

North Face
Look at The North Face new synthetic puff ball insulation (or whatever that call it). "Supposably" has very good loft rebound after stuffing. Otherwise look for a Climashield filled...

In GEAR » options for a light syn vest?
October 12, 10:20pm

REI Sahara shirts
I live in the Mojave Desert so the REI Sahara polyester shirts get a lot of use. I do like them better than the similar Colombia shirts. Next is my Camelbak Commander hunting pack that I load wi...

In GEAR » What is your most used piece of gear?
October 11, 1:03pm

REI sales
Today, Oct. 11, through Oct. 13 REI has a 25% sale on REI and Novara clothing. And I'm told the 20% sale will happen in November. I'm waiting for that one with bated breath so I can use...

In GEAR » REI sales
October 11, 12:59pm

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