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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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My answer: TT Scarp 2
I bought a TT Scarp 2 with a "solid" ripstop interiors so I could use it as a 4 season tent. >double wall >2 doors & vestibules >crossing poles optional for more wind st...

In GEAR » Sell me on a perfect Shelter for 2 people.
May 25, 11:32am

Megalite madness!
Stephan, I had my Megalite overfilled by WM. The cost was about $45. and now it is good to about 20 F. which, for cold mountain summer nights is very cozy. For hotter nights I unzip all the way,...

In GEAR » New Western Mountaineering bag
May 24, 11:22am

DWR treated down
Lizz, You'll be living out of your bag and need one that will not absorb your perspiration and accumulate it night after night. You may not always be able to dry your bag in the moring due...

In GEAR » Best lightweight sleeping bag for minus 10c
May 22, 10:02pm

Cabela's poly long johns
Cabela's sells several types of polyester long johns. For winter I carry their "polar weight" longs and the thinnest weight pair for spring and fall use. I know that wool absor...

In GEAR » Long underwear
May 22, 9:58pm

Warms the cockles of my heart
This thread warms the cockles of my ESBIT-loving heart. IT is to me what alky burner posts are to alcohol burner fans. We are discovering the ins and outs of ESBIT burners for max efficiency an...

In GEAR » Esbit burner testing
May 15, 2:23pm

Uh, why YES
I bought a 30 liter Camelbak Commander camo hunting pack. It had a wimpy plastic frame sheet and unpadded cloth belt. MODS.: 1. cut off belt & buy REI Ridgeline padded belt to insert behind...

In GEAR » Do you ever use a hip belt?
May 15, 2:17pm

Roger, I've previously(a few years ago I think) suggested the Philippines. They speak English. Have great tailors who can be re-trained to do tents. The Philippines is not that far from ...

In GEAR » The CAFFIN tents come!
May 13, 1:56am

Aaarrrggghhh! Now I'll have to have one of those blue beauties so folks won't think I have an older bag. (sigh) I really have been trying to keep my gear purchases to a minimum but this...

In GEAR » New Western Mountaineering bag
May 13, 1:51am

Water filters & Water PURIFIERS
I use only water PURIFIERS. (Steripen and Katadyn chlorine dioxide tablets). And I'm very careful about cleaning my hands with sanitizer when I use cattle troughs or known beaver pond strea...

In GEAR » Have you ever gotten sick after filtering water?
May 10, 5:10pm

My Osprey EXOS 58 is, strangely, 60 liters B/C I got a size Large. I use aftermarket, add-on side pockets mainly for the convenience of having some gear like 1st aid kit, water treatment or pott...

In GEAR » how large is your pack?
May 07, 1:03pm

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