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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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Osprey EXOS 40
Look at Osprey's EXOS 48 series. I comes in Small, Medium, and Large sizes. The comfort of the EXOS series is unmatched in light packs.

In GEAR » Good UL pack for Small Woman
September 02, 12:06pm

Uh huh!
I can happily state that I have never used Aqua Mira. My chemical treatment of water has always been Katadyn Micro Pur chlorine dioxide tablets. -> easy to use -> long storage time -&g...

In GEAR » I'm getting fed up with Aqua mira
August 30, 3:55pm

The old Southern Baptist preacher
I agree with Paul. As a retired high school teacher who has had his share of "Teach me! I dare you!" students I highly recommend the advice given by the old black Southern Baptist prea...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Everything I Know About Backpacking in California's Eastern Sierra
August 29, 9:08pm

for 16 yearsI have had "Moderately large" herniations in my L4 and L5 discs . The very best thing that initially relieved my pain was a motorized stretching table at my physical therap...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Herniated disc :-( whinging
August 29, 8:59pm

lists? LISTS??
When I look around on this section of BPL I see very few true GEAR LISTS. Mike Clelland has laid out some basics for your introductory paragraph (forgive me, I'm a retired English teacher.) ...

In Gear Lists » lists? LISTS??
August 28, 2:14pm

Frostbite protection
Seriously, I have seen nasty frostbite on XC race skiers at the 1979 World Cup races when I was ski patrolling there at Van Hovenburg in Lake Placid. Ears, cheeks and noses were the first to get fr...

In Multiple Use Gear » Neutrogena Lip Balm
August 27, 8:26pm

Be rich, be VERY rich...
It's Canadian and has good stuff but not inexpensive.

In GEAR » Mountain Equipment clothing
August 27, 8:05pm

"Notta too bad..."
Nice Franco! An elegant solution. As Fr. Guido Sarducci (of Saturday Night Live) would say, "Notta too bad, notta too bad, my son." (I couldn't resist, you being a Pisano. ;o)

In GEAR » Tarptent StratoSpire 1 fly only
August 27, 8:03pm

2 liter pot AND lid
I have two 2 liter pots, one a JB pot W/ bottom heat x-changer fins and one "normal" pot. I've had to grind a groove with my Dremel tool around the diameter of the JB bottom fins ...

In GEAR » What size pot for winter?
August 27, 7:59pm

Tri Ti - good buy
I love the Tri-Ti setup.I have the "little brother" Sidewinder and, with a 3 cup pot, is the perfect size for ESBIT tablet fuel. However let me say that I feel using ANY ti pot is sens...

In Editor's Roundtable » Flash Reviews No. 13
August 26, 12:24pm

All Reader Reviews by Eric Blumensaadt

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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

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