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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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There IS God!
As Ben Franklin said, "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." And this grand innovation is proof that God loves backpackers.

In Editor's Roundtable » Backcountry Brews
March 05, 8:58pm

Ian's C4 uses
Reminds me of the saying, "There is no problem that cannot be solved with the proper amount of explosives." ;o) And other "Downrange Wisdom": >"Incoming has the...

In GEAR » knife vs saw vs hatchet vs axe!
March 05, 8:24pm

#4, fer sure Dude!
I'd go with the TN Laser for many reasons but mainly for its ability to withstand high winds better than your alternative shelters. Similar to the TerraNova Laser is my Tarptent Moment DW (W...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » Which shelter?
March 05, 8:13pm

Amazing fortitude!
This is a true adventure story. Very few have done this and the time it took them was quite fast. In this season it's as much about skill as it is proper gear. As a backountry skier I respe...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Trauma & Pepper finish their winter-thru of the PCT
March 05, 7:54pm

Pack sizing
My Osprey EXOS 58 SHOULD be a size Medium based on my measurements on an Osprey sizing device. But I opted for a size Large so the shoulder straps would not wrap around my shoulder and put weig...

In GEAR » Pack that doesn't lead to shoulder pain
March 02, 4:16pm

GREAT STORIES AND GREAT PHOTOS. Just what I was hoping for. Yes, I AM jealous of you guys. Fun Hogs! But it's snowed a bit (12 inches) in my Spring Mountains and more is falling today a...

In Winter Hiking » North Easterners, please report on your frigid winter camping
March 01, 4:11pm

"Multi-Fuel" stoves & "The Best Exotic Stove"
I think this stove would work well in a small Caldera Cone setup. My own answer is the Trail Designs Sidewinder and the mating 3 cup anodized aluminum mating pot. I can burn alcohol, ESBIT, a...

In Editor's Roundtable » Candle Stoves
March 01, 4:02pm

The Best Exotic ESBIT Stove
Yeah, it's a takeoff on the movie title but appropriate. Below is what I have found to be THE most efficient ESBIT stove system. Believe me, I've tried them all. THE BEST EXOTIC ESBIT...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Esbit - what am I doing wrong?
February 28, 4:13pm

Cheap, crude but effective
1. I have found 2 MIL thickness plastic sheeting very adequate. 2. For lighter weight I use a 1 MIL thick "entrance area" 2 ft. X 2 ft. piece for my solo tent in high abrasion areas li...

In GEAR » Groundsheet alternatives?
February 28, 4:03pm

XL eVent over my down
I normally take a size Large parka but got an XL eVent parka to fit over my down jacket (see my avatar). It works very well. BUT my next down jacket, like my new EB Storm Down vest, will have D...

In GEAR » Shell to go over a down parka with 13.5oz of down
February 27, 10:08am

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