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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

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About Me Social worker. Endurance mountain bike racer, ultra-hiker, packrafter, BC skier, un-serious climber and canyoneer.

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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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Re: ...APA Roundup
Morgan, sorry I missed you. I emailed you my phone # if I can be of assistance today or tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing everyone Friday. Conditions should be perfect.

In Packrafting » APA Packraft Roundup, July 11-13
July 09, 1:19pm

Re: Dana ArcFlex Terraplane
Impressive! How much of the original pack fabric is left in the one shown in the photo? More photos and details please.

In Make Your Own Gear » Dana ArcFlex Terraplane
July 03, 7:36am

Re: Backpacking 8000 miles around the perimeter of the US on Amtrak
Totally awesome Manfred, thanks for posting.

In Post-Trip Reports » Backpacking 8000 miles around the perimeter of the US on Amtrak
July 02, 3:18pm

Re: re: Technical Canyoneering ...
I don't disagree Buzz, but for the audience here a daypack for the Narrows and an overnight pack for the Narrows is a perhaps 5 pound difference. Probably a tertiary factor compared to a bit o...

In Editor's Roundtable » Technical Canyoneering for the Ultralight Backpacker
July 02, 3:11pm

Re: Last Question: Leaving tomorrow
My inclination is to say that you'd be fine with Microspikes and poles traversing along the southern side of Silvertip, but I've not been up there often enough to say with certainty. The M...

In Packrafting » Packrafting trip ideas for a novice
July 02, 3:02pm

Re: Thoughts on the durability of UL backpacks
Yes. UL is/should be about using creative minimalism to get the most function out of the least features and simplest suspension components. There is nothing which has to equate to things which mi...

In GEAR » Thoughts on the durability of UL backpacks
June 30, 9:49pm

Re: Levels High
Burnt Park and below Black Bear Creek are the problem areas.

In Packrafting » Packrafting trip ideas for a novice
June 30, 8:15pm

Re: Re: Glacier National Park Montana - 2 night trip planning
Lots of AT skiing still to be done! Once they open up the road all the way to the pass the options are pretty extensive, and the access dead easy. Full spectrum of angle available, too. Night ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Glacier National Park Montana - 2 night trip planning
June 24, 9:48pm

Re: Glacier National Park Montana - 2 night trip planning
Benjamin, sadly I won't be able to join you, as I'll have to work most of those days. You ought to know that the park still has a lot of snow, an unusual amount for this time of year, as...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Glacier National Park Montana - 2 night trip planning
June 24, 7:48pm

single stay update
I've been using these packs quite a bit in the past four months, and have a further few thoughts. I've never gotten along well with prominent lumbar pads, strongly preferring belts which...

In Editor's Roundtable » MYOG: A flexible frame for ultralight backpacks
June 21, 8:27am

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