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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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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

Old New England Yankee saying
"Use it up, wear it out, make it do, do without." On second thought I love that "New Gear Smell"! BTW, I sold Bret my carefully used Tarptent Moment single wall tent so ...

In GEAR » Gentrified?
May 07, 12:57am

Prepare yourself
If you actually cook in the Ti pot (as opposed to merely boiling water) prepare yourself for food sticking &/or burning in the center area. Ti does not transfer heat well.

In GEAR » Evernew 1.3 Titanium Pot – ok for light cooking?
May 07, 12:55am

My iPhone 5 C
Amy, Will my 5 C iPhone take the new 8.3 OS upgrade? BTW, AT&T is my carrier.

In GEAR » iPhone GPS and Airplane Mode
May 06, 5:58pm

Good Universal Insurance
Yeah, Roger, you "Communists" in Oz get full medical coverage from your national government. Be WE here in the good ol' US of A have nice Republican Congressmen who are strongly o...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » The Air Ambulance Story Continues
May 06, 5:26pm

All Reader Reviews by Eric Blumensaadt

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Henry patiently answered all my questions, via e-mail and by phone, months before I purchased my Contrail. Once I got my tent and saw the excellent design and construction I realized one thing. Hen...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
January 18, 9:43am

MSR Dragonfly Multi-fuel
After purchasing a Primus "adjustable" multi-fuel stove and being unable to simmer low enough to bake with it I returned it to EMS and got the MSR Dragonfly. To my delight it simmered PERFEC...

In Stoves - White Gas
January 16, 6:15pm

Backpacking Light Ti Esbit stove
I bought my Backpacking Light ESBIT stove as a superlight emergency stove. I tested it with a cut down MSR windscreen & the included base reflector. The reflector is, to me, more of a safety item...

In Stoves - Other
January 16, 5:50pm

5.11 gear Tactical nylon pants
5.11 is a company that makes law enforcement gear. There Tactical pants are made in either nylon canvas or cotton canvas. I chose nylon for its fast drying ability and safety in wet conditions. Th...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
January 16, 12:24am

Vargo Outdoors Jet-Ti
The Jet-Ti is a minimalist canister stove similar to the MSR Pocket Rocket and Brunton/Primus Crux, et al. The difference is that the Jet-Ti is made mostly from titanium and therefore is quite strong...

In Stoves - Canister
January 15, 2:13pm

Western Mountaineering Megalite
I just tested my Western Mountaineering Megalite summer bag last night in my backyard here in Henderson, NV (Las Vegas' southern suburb). It was a chilly 22F and I soon learned the bag would handl...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
January 13, 1:59pm

Tarptent Contrail
The TarpTent Contrail is the result of Henry Shires' years of experience & customer feedback and it shows in every detail. Only in Hilleberg tents will you find such attention to detail. As...

In Shelters - Single Wall Tents
January 12, 10:06pm

MSR Wind Pro
This stove is a "remote canister" type W/ a braided stainless line from the canister to the 3- legged burner. "Wind Pro" means you can, and should, use a full windscreen around t...

In Stoves - Canister
January 11, 2:25am