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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

My Locale Crown of the Continent
About Me Social worker. Backcountry traveler and writer in my spare time.

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My Website URLhttp://bedrockandparadox.com
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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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Re: synthetic material of choice for jacket with frequent stuffing/unstuffing
Apex for sure. The Kifaru is pretty light given the insulation weight and fairly burly fabrics.

In GEAR » synthetic material of choice for jacket with frequent stuffing/unstuffing
September 04, 7:12am

Re: Re: Re: No compromises pack... does it exist?
I've not used one on a trip, but have seen a few in person (and know a number of folks who like it). If I didn't already have quite the pack quiver I'd get one. Great design with few ...

In GEAR » No compromises pack... does it exist?
September 04, 7:11am

Re: Comparing pack suspensions / fitting Gregory vs Osprey
"I have a 17" torso, so I'm a size small in both." I'd bet you would do better with a medium. 17 may be at the upper limit of the advertised range for small, but that cla...

In GEAR » Comparing pack suspensions / fitting Gregory vs Osprey
September 02, 9:51am

Re: Pack first or last.?
Tjaard, there are a couple reasons. Some fit together, some do not. First, a lot of people have some huge pack which more often than not doesn't fit them, and has big, bulky, stiff, and gen...

In GEAR » Transition from Traditional to Ultralight
September 02, 9:34am

Re: Transition from Traditional to Ultralight
Chris, it sounds like you are short on experience and long on enthusiasm, which is a great place to be. You've got no where to go but up, and will be able to learn a ton in a very short time i...

In GEAR » Transition from Traditional to Ultralight
September 02, 7:34am

Re: Repairing/Replacing a Pack Bottom
Easy route: duct tape on the inside and shoe goo or contact cement on the outside. Super ugly, fairly quick and easy. Depending on how isolated the holes are you could laminate patches of Cordu...

In Make Your Own Gear » Repairing/Replacing a Pack Bottom
August 30, 9:04pm

Re: 12 Days in the Winds - Green River Lakes to Big Sandy
Previous four posts deleted. Tom, if you want to debate a legit point you'd get further by starting your own thread. Other three, take the high road. Great pictures Troy, thanks for sharing.

In Post-Trip Reports » 12 Days in the Winds - Green River Lakes to Big Sandy
August 29, 4:57pm

Re: Hiking poles for Bright Angel trail?
If you're a reasonable fit hiker not carrying much you'll be fine. The tough part about the Bright Angel isn't so much the massive elevation loss, it's the big waterbars and hard s...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Hiking poles for Bright Angel trail?
August 29, 8:05am

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: i don't pack raft, but i've been a dinghy sailor and have worn a dry suit in the winter for frostbiting
You can't zip it off like the cruiser, but the opening is big enough to get both legs up and out in raftalounger mode.

In GEAR » Waterproof bibs for packrafting?
August 27, 7:38pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: i don't pack raft, but i've been a dinghy sailor and have worn a dry suit in the winter for frostbiting
Justin that was a 2010 Yak with what is now the cruiser deck (only option available 5 years ago), now Clayton M's boat after I won a 2015 Yak with whitewater deck at the APA Roundup in July. I...

In GEAR » Waterproof bibs for packrafting?
August 26, 8:57pm

All Reader Reviews by David Chenault

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STARBUCKS VIA Italian Roast
Tastes good enough, tiny and easy to use. What could be better? It not being so darn expen$ive.

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
July 27, 2:17pm

Lara Bars Cherry Pie
Tasty, moist, tasty, good calorie to weight ratio, compact, resists deformation, doesn't freeze too bad in the cold, tasty, made of real food, and tasty! Bar-shaped food does not get any bett...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
July 27, 2:16pm

Patagonia Capilene 1 T-Shirt
Cap 1 seems to have changed very little since it was called silkweight capilene back in the day. It dries very quickly, wicks pretty well (though not as well as cap 2), and most importantly feels lig...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - SYNTHETIC
July 27, 2:12pm

Therm-A-Rest Ridgerest
I use a cut-down 48" Ridgerest on every trip. Bombproof, comfy, light, cheap. In winter, I add a full length under it. I actually sleep better on this than most inflatables, but realize I&...

In Sleeping Pads - Foam
April 11, 10:47am

MLD Trailstar
In summary: Aside from a bivy sack for good weather and race pace endeavors, I've sold off the rest of my shelters. It's a great cross of a pyramid and a tarp. Finished weight, seam sealed...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
April 11, 10:39am

Gossamer Gear ThinLight insulation pad 1/8" approx. 2 oz.
It's hard to get more warmth for the weight (or price). I like having a few pieces to add in as supplementary feet and/or torso pieces. It is quite fragile. Do not leave this on the outside o...

In Sleeping Pads - Foam
March 28, 3:18pm

FireLite Trapper's Mug
A very well designed cup. Light, but seems just as functionaly durable as Snowpeak or Evernew stuff. Ideal size for a soloist. The taller than it is wide shape is one I prefer for cooking on a fire...

In Cookware - Titanium
March 28, 3:03pm

Patagonia Houdini Wind Jacket
Note 1: This is a review of my 2005/6 Houdini. It's longevity is revealing (it may have been the Dragonfly back then, even). Note 2: If the price is outrageous, no one would buy it! The prote...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
January 29, 8:08pm

Patagonia Ready Mix Softshell Pants
I disagree with all Kev's objections, and desperately wish I could find more mediums to buy. The simplicity is what I love best. Actually, the perfect in all conditions from 70-10 F fabric is ...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
January 29, 8:00pm

patagonia down sweater
Note: I'm folding this review of the Down hooded pullover into this section because 1) the hooded p/o isn't made anymore, 2) the critical comments likely apply broadly. I really liked the d...

In Clothing - Insulating - Down
January 27, 10:07am