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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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Re: Best western backpacking destinations
Thanks everyone, good ideas.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Best western backpacking destinations
May 15, 2:00pm

Best western backpacking destinations
Brainstorming for an article and would appreciate everyone's input. Though I grew up in the Midwest dreaming of western trips, I've lived out here long enough that I've probably lost s...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Best western backpacking destinations
May 15, 9:59am

Re: Yellowstone
That's a good itinerary for sure. 3T2 (and 3T3) is an awesome, awesome camp at the edge of a huge gorgeous meadow. 5E6 (and 5E4) both have nice little pebble beaches on Yellowstone Lake. 5L2...

In Pre-Trip Planning » First trip out west
May 15, 9:42am

Re: Thorofare I need to do an article which is a flowchart/choose your own adventure for first time backpac...

In Pre-Trip Planning » First trip out west
May 14, 5:52pm

FS: Black Diamond Eldorado
Purchased new by me 24 months ago. Used ~30 days in the field, primarily car camping. never left setup during the day, so minimal UV exposure. Tent is in excellent condition. Exterior seams wer...

In Gear Swap » FS: Black Diamond Eldorado
May 14, 2:27pm

Re: First trip out west
You could do the route in as little as 5 days, but a week would be better, if not more. An out and back excursion down into the upper Bechler (amazing waterfalls and hot springs) would be a great ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » First trip out west
May 14, 10:38am

Re: First trip out west
I'd go very end of August into September if you have the choice. The weather will be the most stable, fewer family tourist groups, and the river crossings will all be easy. If you cold roll i...

In Pre-Trip Planning » First trip out west
May 14, 8:31am

Re: Re: Bearspray not allowed
"Since Yosemite is essentially Disneyland, you'd probably end up with an accidental discharge rate of something like one per tourist bus per day, in additional to the crossfires that are l...

In GEAR » Another bear attack. Should I get some spray?
May 14, 8:26am

Re: Re: Re: Gear List -- Grand Canyon May 2015
To be fair, you were a lot more definitive when it came to listing your odds and ends, but all my misc gear save headlamp and toilet paper fits into a size small Gossamer Gear zippered cuben ditty ...

In Gear Lists » Gear List -- Grand Canyon May 2015
May 14, 8:19am

Re: Gear List: Goal of 10lb Base Weight
Looks like a pretty good list to me. You could go under 10 lbs easy by just leaving some stuff at home (pack cover, various emergency stuff, water filter). Your pack and sleeping bag are poor...

In Gear Lists » Gear List: Goal of 10lb Base Weight
May 13, 3:24pm

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