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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

My Locale Crown of the Continent
About Me Social worker. Backcountry traveler and writer in my spare time.

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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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Re: Tensegrity Wind Tunnel Video now available
Michael, I think it's awesome that you folks publish that video. If nothing else because, as you mentioned in the tent video the other week, sustained 30 mph is a lot more wind than most folks...

In GEAR » Sierra Designs Tensegrity 2 Elite
March 05, 7:31pm

Re: Backcountry Brews
Anyone tried to make it in a nalgene? If that was sustainable without blowing up your bottle the whole deal would be much more appealing.

In Editor's Roundtable » Backcountry Brews
March 05, 8:15am

Re: Utah canyons soon; water?
I haven't done the whole thing, and it was a while ago. I went in March and found Allen's water beta to be accurate. Brendan S was in there within the last two years, he'd be a good r...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Utah canyons soon; water?
March 02, 6:28pm

Re: Ideas please for a two-week-ish hike
If you can take some time in the next two months, I'd look at flying into Vegas and doing something in southern Utah. You can use the online permit system to see what's available in the Ne...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Ideas please for a two-week-ish hike
March 02, 1:04pm

Re: Carrying Olive Oil
Never had the little 2 and 4 oz nalgenes leak oil. Everything else I've tried has failed eventually.

In GEAR » Carrying Olive Oil
March 01, 9:28pm

Re: pictures would help
"The straps were too narrow just at my neck and it was pressing down on my first rib (you have a rib tucked under your collarbone - all the nerves from your neck drape over this so if you comp...

In GEAR » Pack that doesn't lead to shoulder pain
March 01, 9:24pm

Re: Pack that doesn't lead to shoulder pain
Any thoughts about why the Kelty worked when the Circuit didn't? My first two thoughts when I hear stuff like this, especially with women, are shoulder straps which are too wide and frames whi...

In GEAR » Pack that doesn't lead to shoulder pain
March 01, 7:17pm

Re: 48 hours with the Ancients
Awesome Kevin. Crazy-low snow in most of the west right now. Ti fork on your bike?

In Post-Trip Reports » 48 hours with the Ancients
March 01, 10:51am

Re: Re: Overall solid list
Missed the Waterton start. Highly recommended, much better hiking than the Chief Mtn alternate. You'll almost certainly need an axe and crampons whichever way you go. Descending Swiftcurrent...

In Gear Lists » Help me lighten up for the CDT
March 01, 10:42am

Re: Re: Lightest pack with a stay?
Excellent summary Luke. Trying to get a ~45 liter pack, which has durable fabrics and can legit carry 40 pounds, under 2 pounds total weight has been a question to which I've given a lot of th...

In GEAR » Lightest pack with a stay?
February 28, 7:38am

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