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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

My Locale Crown of the Continent
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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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Re: Grand Canyon end of January January may be problematic insofar as snow can make the South Bass TH difficult to access.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Grand Canyon end of January
October 07, 5:06pm

Re: Duomid or Solomid
Mazen, your comments about the little tent pads in Glacier crack me up. The 3 guys, 3 tents phenomenon is not what the NPS intended, that is for sure. I think either of the MLD mids will do fin...

In GEAR » Duomid or Solomid
October 06, 8:06pm

Re: Packrafting the South Fork of the Flathead and West Fork of Sun
Nice shots Luke! That was a really fun trip, a highlight of my summer. And hot! Hiking up the White was a bit much.

In Post-Trip Reports » Packrafting the South Fork of the Flathead and West Fork of Sun
October 05, 10:20pm

Re: durable bushwacking windshirt
Justin, the Alpine Start is holding up very well. No holes or anything close, which is impressive.

In GEAR » durable bushwacking windshirt
October 05, 10:11pm

Re: Katabatic backbacks
Very nice looking.

In GEAR » Katabatic backbacks
October 05, 10:08pm

Re: Grand Canyon hiking permits? Yes, if you do not plan/apply in advance you will be relying on luck to get a permit. You're talking about the most popular back...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Grand Canyon hiking permits?
October 02, 1:58pm

Re: Cheap, decent, thin synthetic socks?
Defeet aireators, typically available in a 3-pack.

In GEAR » Cheap, decent, thin synthetic socks?
October 02, 1:49pm

Re: 2 tents.
It's unfortunate that the truly breathable and durably waterproof wedge tents (BD Eldorado, Rab models, etc) seemingly have to be as heavy fabric-wise as they are. Weight aside, they would sui...

In GEAR » Lightest Bomber Tent/Shelter Options?
October 02, 1:45pm

Re: Where have all the Close Cell Foam Pads Gone?
The ridgerest is still the best sleeping pad ever made. I was glad to see Cascade Designs bring back the non-aluma version, as that silly coating just wears off after a year or so.

In GEAR » Where have all the Close Cell Foam Pads Gone?
October 01, 2:49pm

Re: Gear Guide: Ultralight Inflatable Pillows
I have trouble not seeing pillows as very high up in the heirarchy of silly things, along with potty trowels, but the Sea to Summit UL pillow my wife bought this summer is very nice. Good height f...

In Editor's Roundtable » Gear Guide: Ultralight Inflatable Pillows
October 01, 2:47pm

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