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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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Thanks Rex, I needed that info for a synthetic winter bag. Sweat collects(condenses on the shell in copious amounts, leaving an "odour" later. I hope it's good for boos and sandals...

In GEAR » Mirazyme works great on sleeping bags!
April 19, 11:37pm

"Just handing it to a child..."
James m' boy, truer words were never spoken! I recently showed my 9 year old grandson how to make a fire using my Swedish striker. Later, after successfully starting a fire and after whir...

In GEAR » Yes, you can break a Lexan spoon
April 19, 11:23pm

Tent Tech
I love a good tent. But what IS a good tent? ->lightweight - This usually means silnylon or cuben fiber for the fabric and aluminum or carbon fiber shock-corded poles. Also strong but light...

In GEAR » Tent Tech
April 19, 11:09pm

For me a bubbleope is still to 'fat' to carry. I made a cozy from some fleece and Velcro - folds up nicely but keeps freezer bags nicely hot.

In GEAR » Bubblope = Ready to go freezer bag cozy
April 19, 9:24pm

Ahd here I thought my Lexan long handled spoon was indestructable. Well, I carry a tiny lockblade Gerber knife so If'n I break my spoon maybe I can whittle a "spoon" 'til I ge...

In GEAR » Yes, you can break a Lexan spoon
April 19, 9:17pm

I use a Pelous $20. digital postal scale that weighs items up to 5 lbs. in oz. or grams. Love it. Total pack weight is done on digital bath scales.

In GEAR » What scale do you use?
April 19, 9:13pm

The smallest tent that Tarptent mskes is the Moment DW. Your pooch MAY fit in the main vestibule and IMHO that's where a dog belongs - on their own mat. Other options are the TT Stratospire ...

In GEAR » A Solid UL Shelter!
April 18, 2:00pm

Congrats Phillip on "converting" to alcohol - stoves, that is. After you've used alky stove for a while look at Trail Designs "Sidewinder" Caldera Cone ti stove. It's...

In GEAR » I've crossed over the river to a new level of gearhead status
April 18, 1:56pm

"Half done is well begun."
I agree with Tjaard, finish this article as Will Reitvelld would do, with two more articles on the "other" lightweight tents out there and a final fourth article with good comparison tabl...

In Editor's Roundtable » Top Ultralight Tent Review
April 17, 8:06pm

"The "Food" here...
...is actually pretty good, but the portions are small." On this "General Backpacking" page that is, not Gear and others. Well, yeah, maybe I should quit griping and contribute a ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Ehy do I even bother to look at this page?
April 17, 7:43pm

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