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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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Cabela's and OR gaiters
Mike, I like OR gaiters and Cabela's have a bunch, most in camo. Likely LL Bean would have some. The Huron gaiters sound warm. Regular uninsulated gaiters add at least 15 degrees F. to fo...

In GEAR » Gaiters for snowshoeing
March 25, 9:48pm

canary legs solved
You'll have to begin taking regular doses of steroids and working out at the gym. I recommend heel lifts. OR... use garters attached to your belt. Otherwise Gorilla duct tape is good around ...

In GEAR » Gaiters for skinny calves?
March 25, 9:43pm

Cooking "handle"
Bob, I use an aluminum pot gripper for my Sidewinder's mating 3 cup pot and the Wally Mart circumcised skillet.

In GEAR » open country non-stick pots
March 25, 9:38pm

Once upon a time...
...Trail Designs used to sell an Open Country non stick 3 cup pot and a hard anodized aluminum pot. Now its only the hard anodized aluminum pot. I got the hard anodized pot and it is a tough coa...

In GEAR » open country non-stick pots
March 23, 11:20pm

New Osprey hipbelts
My new Osprey EOS 58 and other larger Osprey packs have a softer, breathable mesh-covered foam that os soooo comfortable.

In GEAR » Load transfer to hips: hip belt webbing vs padded hip belt?
March 23, 11:15pm

March 27
I wuz told March 27 by an REI store clerk. But I dunno if this is keerect. Yeah - already spent my dividend - got a Princeton Tech headlamp.

In GEAR » REI Dividend and 20 % off sale ?
March 23, 11:13pm

Awning tarp
I've used awning tarps in canoe camping and car camping for dining flys and was damn glad I did in sunny hot or rainy weather. But this thread is to remind folks they don't always need t...

In Multiple Use Gear » Remember your "naked" tent fly
March 23, 5:33pm

My "wind shirt" rant...
I have never carried a separate wind shirt. I'll wear a tightly woven nylon shirt if I need bug protection. Instead of a wind shirt I carry my eVent rain park and use it as a wind shirt when...

In Multiple Use Gear » My "wind shirt" rant...
March 23, 5:29pm

Whut Randy sed
I agree with Randy about the extra weight of a wind shirt. Why carry a wind shirt that will NOT keep rain off you when you can take a good WPB rain parka (I like my REI Kimtah eVent parka) and...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Andrew Skurka - Core Clothing
March 23, 5:19pm

FEETS & staying warm in the wet
If you know you'll be wet (soaked by rain, constantly wading creeks, for ex.) Gore-tex boots will only work for a day or two at most before they wet out. I recommend wearing thin (2 or 3 mm...

In GEAR » Strategy for dealing with cold, freezing rain: WPB socks and midlayer question
March 23, 5:04pm

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