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David Drake (DavidDrake) - BPL Forum 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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Re: Backpacking + Electronics
Hi Jared, I just finished a graduate design degree (M. Arch.) so I have some understanding where you're at. I taught university courses in sculpture and drawing before that, and will be teach...

In GEAR » Communication - Planning - Safety
May 23, 12:14pm

First mockup/ prototype finished (new pictures)
Finished tarptent prototype in test material today. Here's some pics: Sewed this out of recycled lumber wrap. Pitched pretty solid, but need cat cuts on most seams for tautness, I think....

In Make Your Own Gear » Input on MYOG tarp/tent design?
May 22, 10:40pm

My secret for no blisters: good genes.
Okay, I'm being somewhat facetious, but I've just never had problems with blisters. Not when I used to carry a heavy pack and wear full leather Danners with Goretex; not now, with a light ...

In Philosophy & Technique » I Got My Feet Wet!
May 22, 12:08pm

Re: I am ready for your critique
Hi John, Some quick thoughts, based on what has worked for me. (For reference, my current BW is between 9.5-11#, depending on big three choices, and I hike 3 seasons, mostly Cascades and Seven Dev...

In Gear Lists » I am ready for your critique
May 22, 10:11am

Re: wrong grease pot
Hi Ken, I've posted this elsewhere, but you may find it helpful. I have a Stanco grease pot--it hold 3+ cups, and weighs essentially the same as my SP 600 mug (both without lid). About 5.5&...

In GEAR » Imusa grease pot heavier than I thought.
May 22, 9:04am

Another pillow suggestion
I've never carried a pillow, always used clothes in stuff sack. And it's always kinda sucked (lumpy, not much cushion--I don't have a nice down layer yet). Last time out, I knew I&#...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » My 2011 JMT Gear List
May 21, 4:54pm

Re: Catenary Curves
Computer program: There's a number of people here who have set up spreadsheets to calculate cat curves. I like something more visual and intuitive, and use the modeling program SketchUp for...

In Make Your Own Gear » I've done some searching on catenary curves, and I'm wondering if anybody could explain, or link to a good explanation of how to set up a proper curve on a cat tarp? Any help you could provide would be much appreciated. Thanks!!
May 21, 1:06pm

Re: water and bear line
Headlamp: I use a Cyclops Atom. 1 oz, can find for less than $10. Nothing special, prob. not suitable for night hiking--it has a pretty tight focused beam. I rarely need a light and when I do...

In Gear Lists » first gear list of a BPL newbie!
May 21, 10:47am

Re: Newbie Questions
I'll bite. >1 pair underwear, worn. Can be rinsed at night while wearing long underwear bottoms. No more shirts than I can wear at one time (ie, maybe 1 SS, 1 LS, but no duplicates). 2...

In Philosophy & Technique » Newbie Questions
May 20, 5:03pm

Re: My feature rich backcountry mapping site.
Bookmarked. Thanks!

In On the Web » My feature rich backcountry mapping site.
May 20, 3:47pm

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