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David Drake (DavidDrake) - BPL Premium Member

My Locale North Idaho
About Me I manage the Fabrication Labs for a university architecture program, and teach design courses.
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CountryUS
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3 days + 45 miles + my 11 year old daughter = one nice hike
I finished making a sleeping quilt for my youngest daughter Miriam the other week, and a trip to try it out seemed in order. She negotiated a day off from school, promising her fifth grade teacher...

In Post-Trip Reports » 3 days + 45 miles + my 11 year old daughter = one nice hike
May 03, 11:36pm

Side compression: who needs it?
I'm realizing that with a smaller pack (25L-30L), and stuffing my quilt in a trash bag, I have no need for compression across sides or front. This seemed true last season, using a little pack ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Side compression: who needs it?
May 03, 3:03pm

Re: Are more backpackers a good thing?
Seems I've read interest in backpacking has actually declined since the 70s and 80s, although this may be as percentage of population, rather than absolute numbers. Regardless, in my view th...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Are more backpackers a good thing?
May 03, 12:04pm

Fixing holes in Prolite?
Just discovered 2 small prickly pear spines in my TR Prolite. Will Seam Grip along be a good fix, or should I use the nylon patches?

In GEAR » Fixing holes in Prolite?
May 02, 11:31pm

My First MYOG Pack After Six Weeks Use
Had my pack out on the trail for the first time this weekend--a three-day, 45 mile hike with my daughter in the Hells Canyon Wilderness along the Idaho Snake River Trail. Prior to that, I was usin...

In Make Your Own Gear » Finished First MYOG Pack
May 02, 10:39pm

Re: On-Trail Route Finding: When the Trail is Hard to Follow
Bookmarked. Thanks for another great article, Dave.

In Editor's Roundtable » On-Trail Route Finding: When the Trail is Hard to Follow
May 02, 5:58pm

Re: Re: "Modify shoe lacing system with cord lock?"
Zack, In my experience, Eugene Smith is one of the softest "spoken" and most consistently helpful people on these forums. (The quotes around "spoken" are because I've never...

In Make Your Own Gear » Modify shoe lacing system with cord lock?
May 02, 5:28pm

Re: Will copper foil withstand a wood fire?
FWIW, copper is also significantly heavier (as in denser) than steel. Not sure what the advantage would be (at least in pot or windscreen application), even if it did withstand wood fire temps.

In Make Your Own Gear » Will copper foil withstand a wood fire?
May 02, 9:43am

Re: Drops vs tabs
No difference in concentration between Aquamira drops and tabs. Here's a link to the thread where Dan Durston reiterates this, and links to a letter from Aquamira COO (also posted on BPL forum...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Giardia Outbreak
April 26, 1:39pm

Re: Re: backpack questions for the sewing experts
I had similar issues on my last project, and that was sewing only thin layers of nylon, on what is usually a very reliable machine. Just checked the manual and (embarrassed to admit it) it looks l...

In Make Your Own Gear » backpack questions for the sewing experts
April 26, 11:35am

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