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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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Re: Halloween weekend 2014 Utah trip info/ recommendations (Moab area)
Gordon, the first place I'd point you is the Needles district in Canyonlands. Probably the best place for a desert newb (which it sounds like you are). I'd check the permit availability c...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Halloween weekend 2014 Utah trip info/ recommendations (Moab area)
October 19, 1:29pm

Re: The whole piint
"People, I think you missed the point of my original post – too much gear talk/focus = definitely less enjoyment on the trail. I will vouch for it. If you hike and keep thinking how nice and...

In GEAR » Hey, this is about us
October 19, 1:15pm

Re: Hey, this is about us
I disagree Gary. That is a very lazy essay.

In GEAR » Hey, this is about us
October 18, 9:50pm

Re: Re: Re: N. AZ near Zion
Springdale to N Rim is perhaps 20-30 minutes longer than Springdale to Buckskin.

In Pre-Trip Planning » N. AZ near Zion
October 18, 9:47pm

Re: Winter layering/suffocation
Too much stuff, ergo the miche man feel. On top, wear the R1 against the skin, and whatever/any shell might be needed. Ditch the Monkeyman and Alpine Light for a proper winter coat (read: 8+ oz...

In GEAR » Winter layering/suffocation
October 17, 4:56pm

Re: N. AZ near Zion
Presuming snow doesn't close the road, mid-November is a fab time to visit the N Rim of the Grand Canyon. BC permits for the main corridor are always tough, but a dayhike down to Cottonwood an...

In Pre-Trip Planning » N. AZ near Zion
October 17, 7:52am

Re: best practice material for a pack?
Thrift store sheets or bargain bin muslin from Joannes. Nothing over a buck a yard. A nice thing about VX fabrics is they aren't slippery. Cotton is a fine proxy.

In Make Your Own Gear » best practice material for a pack?
October 16, 10:40pm

Re: 13-day Grand Canyon Traverse
Looks like a good route. If I were you I'd bump up the ground insulation, those will be very long nights. At least most of the route will be southern exposure. Unlikely to need a rain sk...

In Gear Lists » 13-day Grand Canyon Traverse
October 16, 2:28pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Webcast presentation from Sierra Designs about layering
Tim, my assumption is he meant it in a very literal sense. A windshirt is a barrier to moisture, thus keeping you warmer by slowing down convective cooling.

In GEAR » Webcast presentation from Sierra Designs about layering
October 15, 9:02am

Re: Webcast presentation from Sierra Designs about layering
I thought the SD team did a good job with their presentation.

In GEAR » Webcast presentation from Sierra Designs about layering
October 13, 11:23pm

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