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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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Re: Youngs/Lean-To
My recollection of the area is not recent, but Lean-To is certainly strenuous. That big bypass in the upper reaches looks intimidating for sure. My preference for that rather than the Woodens...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Dark Canyon, Utah, in May- guidance?
April 17, 11:10am

Re: Camping close to TH and food storage in Glacier NP
Your alcy stove will be good to go. I've never heard of any restrictions on stoves, a la the Sierra. A few BC camps allow fires, most do not. If you're looking for an easy place to cam...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Camping close to TH and food storage in Glacier NP
April 17, 7:32am

Re: Options
#2 with a side trip down below the Sundance into the lower narrows.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Dark Canyon, Utah, in May- guidance?
April 16, 10:30am

Re: Is it even possible to stay dry in a rain forest? Should I just give up?
A synthetic quilt/bag makes a big difference when there's just no break in the rain to do any drying. A bigger shelter would help mitigate the condensation issue, as would a double wall tent (...

In GEAR » Is it even possible to stay dry in a rain forest? Should I just give up?
April 16, 10:28am

Re: Cowboy camping and the bivy

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Cowboy camping and the bivy
April 14, 10:27am

Re: Dark Canyon Wilderness
Good stuff Tim. According to reports the desert Bighorns are doing pretty well down there. My one trip down there involved a brief standoff with a ram at one of the bypasses around the pools down...

In Post-Trip Reports » Dark Canyon Wilderness
April 12, 11:01pm

Re: Help narrow focus for Southern Utah trip?
My first thought would be to find something as different as possible to provide a nice contrast. The Dark Canyon complex comes to mind, as does Kanab Creek in the Grand Canyon. Permits in the Gra...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Help narrow focus for Southern Utah trip?
April 12, 10:54pm

Re: GG Kumo or ULA CDT
Comparing the CDT and Kumo three differences come to mind, aside from the obvious variations in features (lid on the Kumo, etc). First, the larger sewn in belt on the CDT is going to provide a bit...

In GEAR » GG Kumo or ULA OHM 2.0
April 12, 10:38pm

Re: GG Kumo or ULA OHM 2.0
Ohm and Gorilla is a pretty fair comparison, ditto CDT and Kumo.

In GEAR » GG Kumo or ULA OHM 2.0
April 12, 8:08am

Re: Granite Gear Virga 26
My concern with the Virga 26 is that it's offered in one size only. My assumption is that the torso length will be on the short size, thus making for less than ideal load carry for taller folk...

In GEAR » Granite Gear Virga 26
April 11, 9:42am

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