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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: Alaska Mountain Wilderness Race Rafting Fatality
I lost a lot of sleep over this last night. I met Rob briefly before and after the '11 and '12 races, and count myself fortunate to have done so. Modern wilderness recreation is a great...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Alaska Mountain Wilderness Race Rafting Fatality
August 12, 1:28pm

Re: Solomid
Kevin, the Solomid is factory standard: no perimeter netting. One could use a nest, bug bivy, etc if so inclined. I spoke a bit hastily above: the Solomid weighs 18.6 oz in the MLD stuffsack wi...

In Gear Swap » FS: Solomid, La Sportiva, Rab
August 12, 8:41am

Re: A touch of Autumn in the Eagles Nest
Good stuff Paul. I am eagerly awaiting signs of autumn. The 90+ temps have worn out their welcome.

In Post-Trip Reports » A touch of Autumn in the Eagles Nest
August 12, 7:46am

Re: Re: Bob Marshall 50mi Loop Recommendations
I haven't been up either, so I cannot say.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Bob Marshall 50mi Loop Recommendations
August 12, 7:44am

Re: Re: Paradox/Seek Outside Unaweep Pics
I've made several bags for the Seek Outside frame and harness, and it's a not especially difficult proposition. Having a properly tapered backpanel with strong enough encasements for the f...

In GEAR » Paradox/SeekOutside Unaweep Pics
August 12, 7:42am

Re: Insulation for GNP in Aug
List looks good to me. I'd bring the Ex-Light and leave the fleece tights and shirt, as Clayton says its been unusually warm around here, and that seems likely to continue. 30 feet of rope ...

In Gear Lists » Insulation for GNP in Aug
August 12, 7:37am

Re: Re: Re: FS: Solomid, La Sportiva, Rab
If memory serves it's ~18 ounces post-sealing. Was a bit over the 15.5oz spec out of the box. If anyone has a sil MLD Patrol Shelter, I'd be pleased to do a swap for the Solomid.

In Gear Swap » FS: Solomid, La Sportiva, Rab
August 11, 11:39am

Re: Am I crazy, or does Paclite not work?
I've been (heavily) using the same Packlite anorak (Haglofs Ozo) for the last 3 year with no complaints.

In GEAR » Am I crazy, or does Paclite not work?
August 11, 11:13am

Re: Re: Re: Re: Going to Glacier
Stephen, email me (dave at backpackinglight dot com) and we can arrange something.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Going to Glacier NP! Your advice?
August 10, 6:33am

Re: Re: Going to Glacier
How late is late? You can for certain buy bear spray in West Glacier/Apgar. Fuel canisters I'm more doubtful on. What weekend are you coming in? I might be able to help you out with fuel. ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Going to Glacier NP! Your advice?
August 09, 6:03pm

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