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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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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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Re: Sea to Summit Nano Mosquito Pyramid
I used a STS Nano with a flat tarp all this past summer and found it quite satisfactory. Given the price, weight, and small packed size it is a hard option to beat; ideal for occasional use. I fo...

In GEAR » Sea to Summit Nano Mosquito Pyramid
February 12, 5:35pm

Re: New Zealand! Need suggestions
The Heaphy track. Did it last week. Amazing variety of scenery. Dead easy, well graded trail. Luxe huts. Only downside is the massive shuttle from TH to TH.

In Pre-Trip Planning » New Zealand! Need suggestions
February 06, 7:38pm

Re: Wilderness Serape or Quilt Head Hole
Good ideas from both Andy D and As Tucas. Much better than what I did.

In Make Your Own Gear » Wilderness Serape or Quilt Head Hole
February 06, 7:35pm

Re: 150 D Cuben Hybrid Material vs. Airline Baggage Handlers and Daily Off Trail Travel
Arn, checking a 150D cuben hybrid pack is (as mentioned) a bad idea for all the reasons mentioned above, only some of which have to do with the material itself. As far as being strapped to the r...

In GEAR » 150 D Cuben Hybrid Material vs. Airline Baggage Handlers and Daily Off Trail Travel
February 06, 7:33pm

Re: Re: Ultralight Hunting: Towards a Coherent Definition
I appreciate the thoughts everyone. A decent weight standard here will never happen without plenty of debate.

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Hunting: Towards a Coherent Definition
January 30, 11:15pm

Re: Re: Question for 3-pin boot users
Odd that the Alaska duckbill is so near the end of what works in 3 pin bindings. The old nordic-only 3 pins of 3 decades ago used a thinner duckbill, but those boots and bindings are all but extin...

In Winter Hiking » Question for 3-pin boot users
January 16, 1:20pm

Re: snow
I wouldn't get too excited about extrapolating snow levels until the end of March. Late winter storms and early spring heat (or lack thereof) makes the difference. There will be snow above 6k...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
January 15, 11:25am

Re: Re: They did it!!!
B/C the Free Dawn is a harder and more visionary accomplishment than the Free Salathe was, even controlling for relative difficulty at the time. There were a number of 13b/c cracks around in the l...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » They did it!!!
January 15, 11:21am

Re: Long Torso Daypack suggestions?
Even if you don't use a hipbelt having a pack with proper torso length is nice so it can sit in the right spot. Such packs also tend to have shoulder straps which are long enough. The small...

In GEAR » Long Torso Daypack suggestions?
January 14, 2:52pm

Re: Where are you excited to go in 2015?
Leaving for New Zealand in 2 days.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Where are you excited to go in 2015?
January 14, 11:48am

All Reader Reviews by David Chenault

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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