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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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Tim "Skidmore" ??
Are you sure that's not "Skidmarks"? ;o)

In GEAR » BEST Cuben Fiber Toilet paper...????
January 31, 12:35am

"Back in the day", when I served in the Peace Corps, Philippines (1966 - '67), we had to take one Aralin tablet every Sunday as a prophylaxis against malaria. It seemed to work for al...

In GEAR » Malaria Pills
January 27, 7:30pm

3 cup pot specs
Greg, The pot is from Trail Designs and fits a Sidwinder Ti (yes! o:) stove. It's made by Open Country and is hard anodized. It weighs 3.9 oz. on my scale. The pot id hard anodized insid...

In GEAR » Solo cooking set.
January 27, 7:26pm

My "Forced" Bushcraft in Pennsylvania
When I was newly married in the '70s I had little money for backpacking gear. I was forced to fall back on my Boy Scout "Pioneering" merit badge skills. I use dead, downed limbs fo...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Backpacking and Bushcraft
January 27, 4:22pm

Boy Scouts
In the '50s (hey, I'm a geezer) I was a Boy Scout, complete with: > frameless, waistbeltless canvas Yucca pack, >kapok-filled rectangular sleeping bag, > Scout knife W/ can ope...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How much did childhood experiences influence your interest in backpacking.
January 27, 4:12pm

My experience
Just three days before a Grand Canyon trip my inguinal hernia totally popped out. I had it surgically fixed with a "one stitch" method and a month after that I was fine for backpackin...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How will hernia repair affect backpacking ??? Anyone Know?
January 27, 3:59pm

Remember your "naked" tent fly
Both my Scarp 2 and Moment DW flys can be pitched W/O the inner tent. Most newer double wall tents these days can do this. The fly makes a fast-to-pitch "tarp" that is usually quite w...

In Multiple Use Gear » Remember your "naked" tent fly
January 27, 3:55pm

Cut down soda or beer can
I'd far rather "cook" in a cut down soda or beer can (i.e. Foster's big can) than get plasticizers infused into my water from a cut down bottle. Use a rim protector. I dunno wher...

In Multiple Use Gear » Disposable water bottle + esbit + rocks = emergency day hiking stove?
January 27, 3:43pm

Exactly what Sean said, people don't bother to do 3 - 5 day trips to see which gear works and what adjustments to the gear list they need to make. (IF they even have a gear list!) EXAMPLES: ...

In GEAR » 2014 JMT thru-hiker survey - results on gear failures
January 27, 1:19pm

Megalite & syn. suit
in 2009 I slept at 11,000 ft. at 15 F. in my Megalite with a Thermolite Micro insulated jacket and pants and was very comfortable. Now with my Megalite overstuffed by WM in 2011 it could likely ...

In GEAR » combining a WM Megalite and a WM flight Jacket
January 27, 12:46am

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