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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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Re: Anyone?
There is some basic info on the Queets and Hoh over at, in the northwest regional forum.

In Packrafting » Looking for beta on Olympics
June 11, 9:31am

Re: 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
I almost didn't do a "report" this year, as there is a lot to cover and such things are always reductive, but in the end there were so many near misses that I wanted to illustrate jus...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
June 10, 9:59pm

Re: Golite Pinnacle still relevant?
It's easy to think of packs which are lighter, tougher, carry weight better, and have a better feature set, but I can't think of any that balance all of those as well as the Pinnacle/Jam di...

In GEAR » Golite Pinnacle still relevant?
June 10, 4:39pm

Re: The basic 4 if $$ were not a concern
Once you decide you'll be committed to backpacking, there is a lot to be said for buying quality, buying once, and then ignoring most of the marketing hype. The following is what I have and wh...

In GEAR » The basic 4 if $$ were not a concern
June 10, 11:14am

Re: bmo
Les, I went east to Gates park, and then further east into the Teton drainage. Had I pushed on Monday night rather than making camp (in Phone Creek) at 8pm I probably would have finished a little ...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
June 09, 5:27pm

Re: Mountaineering gaiters for long/skinny legs?
BD Frontpoints are nice and slim fitting. Not super tall, but mine don't sag.

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » Mountaineering gaiters for long/skinny legs?
June 09, 9:04am

Re: Mids vs arch supported
Because of the geometry mids require more fabric to achieve the same usable space, compared to the arch in a tunnel or wedge tent. Mids are lighter and simpler (personally I care more about the la...

In GEAR » Mids vs arch supported
June 09, 9:01am

Re: Re: Packraft loops
Thanks Dan. For anyone who's looking to get started packrafting, attending the American Packrafting Association Roundup next month is highly recommended. The Swiftwater Rescue course still ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Six Packraft Loops in the Bob Marshall Wilderness
June 09, 8:51am

Great details and good beta to be found here. The Cairn maps are pretty good, but the old FS data is just dodgy. Plenty of trails on that map which don't exist anymore. Les, I snuck ahead ...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
June 09, 8:44am

Re: Cowboy
"I never understood why they're arnt coffee teabags." Jed's Coffee Co. in New Zealand makes a coffee teabag which is absolutely stellar. Should have brought a lot more back ...

In GEAR » Ultralight Coffee Options
June 08, 9:06am

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