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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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45 pounds of UL (Grand Canyon list)
Brendan Swihart and I are heading to the central Grand Canyon in mid-March. Our route will take eight days. There will be no resupply. We'll be descending three technical slot canyons, and a...

In Gear Lists » 45 pounds of UL (Grand Canyon list)
February 21, 9:38am

Re: Girlfriend's pack problem
Need more info. Is there pressure/bruising on her clavicle? Chaffing? How long does it take to become an issue? Torso length, adjustment, strap shape or width, foam thickness and density co...

In GEAR » Girlfriend's pack problem
February 20, 6:19pm

Re: MYOG Backpack question: Wing or Wrap Hipbelt (+Contoured panels)
Be advised that contouring the side panels to your back is trickier than it looks. Take into account where the pack will sit when loaded near max. A wrap hipbelt is clearly better than wings se...

In Make Your Own Gear » MYOG Backpack question: Wing or Wrap Hipbelt (+Contoured panels)
February 20, 6:16pm

Re: yes
Serge, there probably is a lot to be said for light skis and fast, full-ish coverage skins in mixed terrain. Most of us probably don't have good enough technique and fitness to maximize the gr...

In Editor's Roundtable » AT Nordic Ski Systems: Discovering the Best of Backcountry Nordic and Alpine Touring Systems Through Hybridization
February 20, 11:21am

Re: Re: re: modern BC nordic
James, I have the Siderals as well. A great boot with a perfect fit after I got the sixth toe punched a bit. They walk about as well as a rigid boot could be expected to, but compared to mid-weig...

In Editor's Roundtable » AT Nordic Ski Systems: Discovering the Best of Backcountry Nordic and Alpine Touring Systems Through Hybridization
February 19, 10:37am

re: modern BC nordic
Good project Ryan. The latest generation of tech race and race-ish boots are quite amazing. The warmth and waterproofing advantages are enormous, especially for multiday stuff in crappy condi...

In Editor's Roundtable » AT Nordic Ski Systems: Discovering the Best of Backcountry Nordic and Alpine Touring Systems Through Hybridization
February 18, 9:45pm

Re: Has anyone here switched to a quilt and liked it LESS than a regular sleeping bag?
I no longer own any quilts. The weight savings is mostly sleight of hand, and I find them too fiddly.

In GEAR » Has anyone here switched to a quilt and liked it LESS than a regular sleeping bag?
February 17, 9:07am

Re: A Visual Paradigm for Windshirts - Multiple Axis of Understanding.-Rev 0
Awesome Richard. I wouldn't change a thing.

In GEAR » A Visual Paradigm for Windshirts - Multiple Axis of Understanding.-Rev 0
February 17, 9:05am

Re: Thanks David
Stitch retention on both VX-42 and 500d is pretty darn high. 500 is probably better, but we're talking gradations that don't make much functional difference. FWIW, I've been doing t...

In Make Your Own Gear » Help Us Design the Ultimate UltraLight Pack
February 17, 9:04am

Re: Calling Pack Makers Help Us Design the Ultimate Pack
No problem with the photos Luke. I assume you mean VX-42? I'd say it's a good choice for this use. Maybe not quite as straight abrasion resistant as 500d cordura, but pretty close. ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Help Us Design the Ultimate UltraLight Pack
February 16, 10:13pm

All Reader Reviews by David Chenault

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STARBUCKS VIA Italian Roast
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