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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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OR GTX mitten shells
I like my OR Gore-Tex mitten shells. They are the original version so I had to seam seal them.

In Winter Hiking » Glove shells and liners
September 25, 5:36pm

Bag liners are mostly gimmicks unless your aim is to keep your bag cleaner inside. 1. Bag liners add almost no warmth unless well insulated. 2. Adding clothes for sleeping warmth supports the...

In GEAR » Adding warmth - more clothes vs bag liner
September 25, 5:32pm

I cry, CRY I tell you, at such butchery of a nice, innocent, chubby pack. But OTOH I love modding gear so congrats on "having your way" with the pack. I'dhave left in the framsheet/st...

In GEAR » Gutting an Osprey Aether 70
September 25, 5:27pm

Good luck
The field of 2 person freestanding tents is not small but when you add LIGHT into the requirement then it is small. My own take is on this is a Tarptent Scarp 2 because I feel the fly and pole c...

In GEAR » Light 2 person freestanding double wall tent.
September 25, 5:15pm

Help for geezers
At 58 I began using "NO2" supplement for weight lifting. It is L-Arginine tablets in time-release format. I get 'em at GNC and they ain't cheap. Now 71 I always use it above 8,00...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » SpO2 levels on whitney
September 22, 5:20pm

Worse yet...
At my senior prom-to-dawn (1961 !!) my buddy was standing in a slow moving buffet line. Mark turns to me and with a perfect German accent says, "Zis reminds me uf der lines at Auschwitz."...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Llama rescue?
September 22, 5:04pm

CF pole weak points
As an XC racer who has use CF ski poles I can say they are tremendously stiff and strong IN COMPRESSION but lass so in a bending force and are a bit fragile when hit with a lateral blow or heavy, ...

In GEAR » carbon fiber tarp pole breakage.
September 22, 4:55pm

OK Roger, that idea of making the first fold in the middle of the sections to decrease folded tension sounds right for some reason. But I am not going to try to fathom the exact physics of th...

In GEAR » Re-shockcording Tent Poles - What type & length of shock cord to use?
September 22, 4:50pm

Yes and No
My personal preference is that I would not want a WPB shell BUILT-IN to a down jacket. But... I would buy a very special one for certain conditions like say living on Kodiak Island where weather...

In GEAR » wpb and down
September 22, 4:38pm

Snow Stake
I carry an SMC Snow stake for both soft ground tent staking and potty trowel. Do have to dig carefully so as not to bend it. This dual use is one of the basic tenants of lightweight backpacking.

In GEAR » Potty trowel
September 22, 4:05pm

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