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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: Re: How to kill a trout
I'm with Ken; swift knife slash through the spine behind the head. A rock works fine, you just have to hit them harder than you probably think. As for the twitching, involuntary muscle move...

In Fishing » How to kill a trout
September 22, 3:26pm

Re: Patagonia Rover Approach - 9 oz per pair?
No way. 9 oz/shoe in smaller sizes is more like it. A good shoe in any case:

In GEAR » Patagonia Rover Approach - 9 oz per pair?
September 22, 3:17pm

Re: X-Pac Backpack Pack v2.0 - Z-Packs Arc Blast frame conversion
Looks like a perfect fit. Well done on a tough project, reworking the suspension/back panel of an existing pack is the definition of PITA.

In Make Your Own Gear » X-Pac Backpack Pack v2.0 - Z-Packs Arc Blast frame conversion
September 22, 7:57am

Re: Ice Axe Question
Luke, I think 60cm would be ideal for a walking/snow axe for you. Shorter axes work (I have a 43cm one) but self-arresting becomes clumsier with less leverage. I have a 70cm Corsa and would buy a...

In GEAR » Ice Axe Question
September 16, 10:37pm

Re: Re: Re: Unaweep
John, extrapolating off where I assume your pants are sitting, it looks like the belt is above your illiac crest. It seems like that's pushing the frame into your butt, mainly by allowing the ...

In GEAR » Paradox/SeekOutside Unaweep Pics
September 16, 10:33pm

Re: Smell
I think the scent-blocking or camoing thing is rather silly as well. Doping the wind properly is the beginning, end and middle.

In GEAR » Hunting clothing
September 12, 11:44am

Re: Light Bomber Tent/Shelter Options?
As others have mentioned, the top-shelf mids are the obvious answer here. I would not put Golite in this category, their lack of cat cut on panel seams makes their shelters very loud in high winds...

In GEAR » Lightest Bomber Tent/Shelter Options?
September 12, 11:42am

Re: That wind shirt ad light fleece combo thing
You're thinking too hard Brett. The Vapour-rise liner is 60 g/meter, lighter than the lightest baselayer fabric by half. You will not get comparable performance from a non-denier gradient she...

In GEAR » That wind shirt ad light fleece combo thing
September 12, 8:31am

Re: Re: Re: Re: John Muir Trail speed records - a question of style
Don't give in Art. 96% of the time HYOH just means "I'd prefer to not think right now".

In Philosophy & Technique » John Muir Trail speed records - a question of style
September 11, 12:19pm

Re: Re: John Muir Trail speed records - a question of style
"Fast packing is very new still." Nonsense. I had a ~2000 cubic inch UD running pack when I was 12. We're merely seeing the 2nd and 3rd post-nylon resurgence of the trend. Aar...

In Philosophy & Technique » John Muir Trail speed records - a question of style
September 11, 8:13am

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