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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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Re: Pitching method
Nifty technique John, I've never tried that. With the BT2 staking the four main corners in a general rectangle with a touch of slack gets the job done. Unlike some shelters, it is somewhat fo...

In GEAR » Seek Outside BT2: The mid I've been looking for
March 31, 6:55pm

Re: Canyonlands National Park
Salt out to Angel Arch and back is a good trip, no regrets there. The hiking is fairly easy and the water is relatively plentiful, both of which sound like they might suit you folks.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Canyonlands National Park
March 31, 8:06am

Re: Q's
James, there probably are other ways to pitch it, but I haven't experimented. Philip, the curves on the door seams don't need to be quite as severe as they are in many of my photos, fran...

In GEAR » Seek Outside BT2: The mid I've been looking for
March 31, 7:55am

Seek Outside BT2: The mid I've been looking for
Ex Sum: I really like this thing. 25 ounces, two people, bomber wind protection, fast pitch with a modest footprint. And a very good price. Long version with photos: http://bedrockandparadox....

In GEAR » Seek Outside BT2: The mid I've been looking for
March 30, 9:06pm

Re: Re: Re: Trans-Zion variations in two days?
I would not count on getting a site at the South Campground at 6pm on a Friday. Might want to look into reservable options in Springdale. Angels starting at 4pm is possible. Sunset will be aro...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Trans-Zion variations in two days?
March 30, 7:56pm

Re: Swifts
Went in Gibson this weekend and as far as the pack bridge on the S Fork of the Sun before rafting back out. Ran into Dan, nice to meet you sir. Not a hint of snow anywhere in the valley bottom an...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
March 30, 7:57am

Re: rain
Thanks Ian. I have what is probably an outdated prejudice against PU raingear, and Kuiu in particular hasn't convinced me otherwise. I like that they are bold enough to, as they just did, com...

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Hunting: Towards a Coherent Definition
March 29, 10:04pm

Re: Trans-Zion variations in two days?
I'd lean strongly towards option 2 or something like it. Skipping the last few miles to the west rim, with all the views down into Phantom Valley, and then the section down past Angels Landing...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Trans-Zion variations in two days?
March 26, 7:45pm

Re: New Pack Production
The packs look great Nathan, glad they're selling well.

In Gear Deals » New Pack Production
March 25, 3:48pm

Re: Gaiters for skinny calves?
BD Frontpoint.

In GEAR » Gaiters for skinny calves?
March 25, 3:45pm

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