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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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DWR down vest
For warmth while backpacking or skiing in cold weather a down vest with DWR treated down like Down Tech or Dri-Down would be a good choice. This type of vest keeps your core warm without overhea...

In GEAR » Utility of a down vest
September 20, 4:21pm

MH down fill...
I agree with Justin,. My experience with MH's 3 season down bag low loft was so d@mn disappointing that I returned it and (thankfully) got a WM Megalite. My avatar shows my Eddie Bauer Down...

In GEAR » Down jacket observations
September 20, 4:16pm

Yep, my first suggestion was Goo-Gone and I see it tops the "A List".

In GEAR » Removing pine sap from down jacket?
September 20, 4:13pm

ENAN end stakeout
Peter, The ENAN's end stakeout does present a problem. I doubt if they could use Tarptent's patented design with the Moment's 2captive CF rods at each end. TT's Moment design ...

In GEAR » Hilleberg Tent thread
September 20, 4:09pm

Yeah, well...
My WM 3 season down bag is a swell dark maroon color and I had matching PJs made for it.;o) My present 3 season pack is an older REI UL 60 two-tone green (olive and avocado) and I like it B/C it...

In GEAR » color of pack, sleeping bag,...
September 20, 4:05pm

Glove shells and liners
How many of you use glove shells with fleece/pile (or other) liners? I've found this to work better for me than any other system because I can: 1. remove damp, sweaty liners & replac...

In Winter Hiking » Glove shells and liners
September 17, 5:57pm

The North Face
Take a look at The North Face synthetic jacket that has the "puff ball" type insulation. Supposed to be very lofty and also retain that loft with use.

In GEAR » Upgrading Fall and Winter Jackets
September 17, 5:18pm

Six Moon Designs
If it was me I'd get a SMD Skyscape X (Cuben fiber tent). Great for 3 season camping. Even has a zip-in "porch" option. To me it's the best UL minimalist design out there. I ...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » Ultralight Tents.
September 14, 4:51pm

Discontinued PT Scout
My Princeton Tech Scout with 4 lithium coin batteries does very well and is even waterproof. I had one half of the shell break after many years of use. I called Princceton Tech and they said, &q...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » What headlamp do you use?
September 14, 4:46pm

Two recommendations summarized
These have been mentioned but bear repeating. 1. Buy the book "Freezer Bag Cooking" for great DIY meals and desserts. 2. Get a small dehydrator > make spaghetti sauce "leat...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » backpacking food
September 14, 4:41pm

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