Dave’s obsession (should we call it that? Yes, we should.) with gear began early with a stint at summer camp. Long trips into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Canada’s Quetico came with packing lists and packing lists got him thinking: the list says backpack, but which one?
Since then, he’s led trips back to the BWCA and Quetico and into Utah’s Escalante and Grand Staircase National Monument and guided mountain bike tours through the mountains around Colorado Springs. While acting as head guide, he was also chief bike mechanic for the rental fleet. He’s AIARE Level 1 certified and has completed two Ironman triathlons.
Dave has used his gear all over the world. He’s skied the Swiss Alps, hiked the Great Wall, explored ancient cave strongholds in Turkey, and watched the sun set over Mt. Fuji.
What gear does Dave use?
Skiing – Custom Ski Logiks with Fritschi Vipec bindings and Scarpa Maestrale RS boots; Black Diamond Traverse poles with Carbon Probe lowers, Carbon Whippet; Ortovox S1 Beacon; Ortovox Lite PFA 240 Probe; Brooks Range Backcountry Shovel; Arc’teryx Stinger bibs; Black Diamond First Light Hoody; Patagonia Merino Air base.
Fishing – Tenkara USA Sato rod; Patagonia Rio Gallegos Zip Waders and Foot Tractor boots; Yamatoyo 3.5 level line; Rio Powerflex 5x tippet; Peak rotary vise for tying flies.
Camping – REI Flash 45 pack; Black Diamond HiLight or Megalight tents; Exped Synmat UL7 or Downmat UL7; Montbell UL Super Spiral Down Hugger #1; Jetboil Sol Ti or homemade alcohol stove; Snowpeak 450 titanium mug.
Mountain Biking – Stooge Cycles frame and fork; Thomson Elite stem and seatpost; Light Bicycle Carbon 50mm rims laced on Chris King Hubs; Answer 20/20 carbon handlebar; Crank Brothers Eggbeaters; Shimano XT 1×11.
Commuter Biking – Van Dessel Whiskey Tango Foxtrot frame and fork; Gates Carbon Drive Centertrack – 46×28; Whiskey Parts Co. No.9 carbon wheels; Clement X’plor MSO tires; TRP Hylex disc brakes.
Trail Running – Pearl Izumi Trail N3 shoes, Patagonia Baggies.
Carrying Gear – Thule Aero Crossbars, Yakima Skybox 12, 1up USA Heavy Duty Bike rack.