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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: Stays
A few suggestions, in the order I'd suggest investigating them: 1) "...the Catalyst doesn't really touch my shoulder blades and hangs back away from my body." Definitely fix t...

In GEAR » ULA Catalyst hip belt issues
December 05, 11:16am

Re: Re: Re: Re: mtb biking in wilderness and elsewhere
"I think that is already the case, in practice. Witness the Rattlesnake Mtn. regulations which specifically permit MTB's vs the Frank Church W.A., where they are prohibited." Evi...

In Philosophy & Technique » The inevitable bike legalization of the JMT
December 04, 6:29pm

Re: Winter list
After 15 years of research, I've found 4-5 cm to be the ideal cold weather beard length. Long enough to provide substantive wind resistance, short enough so ice buildup is not egregious. Do...

In Gear Lists » Northern Rockies winter list
December 04, 6:20pm

Re: Backpacking the Grand Canyon Most trusted online info in my book. Planning will really come down to ambition, experience, to what extent you want to avo...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Backpacking the Grand Canyon
December 04, 12:57pm

Re: Dave C, is this why you want to move biking to the JMT
Vid link busted, homeslice. Hunting season is over and the snowpack is shallow and unstable. Gotta do something before it stitches itself back together.

In Philosophy & Technique » The inevitable bike legalization of the JMT
December 04, 12:40pm

Re: Re: mtb biking in wilderness and elsewhere
Thinking about this brought to mind a much-discussed-at-the-time rule from the last months of the Bush 43 presidency which I haven't heard anything about since; an executive rule which gave the...

In Philosophy & Technique » The inevitable bike legalization of the JMT
December 04, 12:35pm

Re: MYOG D40 Arc Blast Pack
Looks fantastic Nick. What are the dimensions of the pack bag?

In Make Your Own Gear » MYOG D40 Arc Blast Pack
December 03, 6:41pm

Re: Packrafting in May
Packrafting in the Bob in May without a dry suit is definitly not a good idea. That said, I've never used more than raingear. I've never flipped, and I boat very cautiously during the Ope...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
December 03, 2:26pm

mtb biking in wilderness and elsewhere
I will admit that the intransigence on the mechanized question has surprised me, and I still struggle to not find the suggestion that skis and bikes are in this respect categorically different just...

In Philosophy & Technique » The inevitable bike legalization of the JMT
December 03, 9:43am

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Becoming disoriented in the woods
The funny thing was, the external pocket/compression panel on that pack is a blaze camo fabric for safety while hunting. Friggin thing blended into the orange lichen perfectly.

In Philosophy & Technique » Becoming disoriented in the woods
December 03, 8:52am

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