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David Drake (DavidDrake) - BPL Forum Member

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About Me I manage the Fabrication Labs for a university architecture program, and teach design courses.
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Hi Alexandra, Very good input so far. I'll just add: >If you go cheap (i.e., heavy and bulky) on your sleeping bag, and are carrying a lot of warm clothes, you may find it hard to fit ev...

In Gear Lists » HELP HELP HELP!!!
March 03, 9:26pm

Soft AL foil from the craft store?
...Don't think I've ever seen it. Is it thicker than the heavy duty foil from the grocery store? Find it at Michael's? I've been looking for something in between grocery store foil ...

In Make Your Own Gear » UL lid
March 03, 8:07pm

Not too surprising...
It seems to me, just the tone of Chase Norton's appeal should have raised red flags--very heavy on the marketing and ego, very light on demonstrated hiking experience. Having said that, I th...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Solo Death Valley Trek
March 01, 10:10am

Re: Re: Devin
Devin, Here's one of my 3 season setups, BW a little over 7 pounds. Assumes nights sometimes dipping into mid-30s (but not consistently) and possibility of rain, but not days of wet conditio...

In GEAR » Ultralight Gear 'lists'
February 26, 10:52am

Re: new gear list
Hi Edward, I should have clarified--mine *isn't* a poncho tarp, just a tarp. I carry separate rain gear. Pictures are near the end of an article here:

In Gear Lists » New gear list, nothing fancy
February 26, 8:04am

Re: Gatewood cape
Alex, I use a MYOG silnylon shaped tarp, 9.6 oz including lines. Roughly the same size and coverage as a Gatewood. 360 degree coverage--can pitch pretty tight to the ground if need be. No concerns...

In Gear Lists » New gear list, nothing fancy
February 25, 8:46pm

Re: AT
+1 MB. Same thing where I hike (PNW and intermountain west): I hardly ever see UL hikers, let alone have them trying to borrow stuff. What I do see is overloaded folks, about 3 1/2 miles from the t...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » Do you carry a backup fire starter? What and Why or Why Not?
February 24, 7:41pm

Another budget option
Don't overlook making your own gear. Thrift stores often have good used sewing machines for $20 or so. You can make a ~10 oz shaped tarp with 360 degree protection for about $30 in materials. P...

In Gear Lists » New gear list, nothing fancy
February 23, 7:34am

Re: Test number
9.72 cfm seems significant, compared to 3M Propore (DriDucks) which (IIRC) Richard Nisley tested at 0.33 cfm.

In GEAR » Any point in getting a new wind shirt?
February 22, 12:08pm

Re: lots of 50 milers, plus weenend backpacks
Hi Bob, Is that Seven Devils, ID? Just curious--what route did you use for 50 miles? Loop? Mostly on-trail or off?

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » what trips does your troop have planned for this year?
February 22, 10:44am

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