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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

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About Me Social worker. Endurance mountain bike racer, ultra-hiker, packrafter, BC skier, un-serious climber and canyoneer.

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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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Re: PCT or CDT during winter
There are no resources on this because no/few people have thought seriously about doing it or done it. With good reason; it'd be an undertaking orders of magnitude harder than the summer versi...

In Winter Hiking » PCT or CDT during winter
June 09, 7:40pm

Re: Thanks Dave!!
Please do! Hope you have a great time.

In Packrafting » Packrafting trip ideas for a novice
June 09, 8:49am

Re: Suggestions for new hiking pants?
I have an older version of the Gi pants, and I like the fabric a lot. I have the Rock Crafts, and they're ok, but I'd prefer a lighter, non-stretch fabric. Plus the snap at the waist is s...

In GEAR » Suggestions for new hiking pants?
June 09, 8:47am

Re: Ideal torso sizing
"Do you think the vise-grip feeling I'm getting with the Arc Blast is a result of my trying to shorten down the torso length in a manner that is inconsistent with the pack's original d...

In GEAR » Zpacks Arc Blast sizing question
June 09, 8:45am

Re: Water levels in a month??
I think 5-6k @ Twin Creek is a reasonable guess for early July. This is a dandy level for the White River and the South Fork. If you go as far north as Black Bear Creek, just be aware that a few ...

In Packrafting » Packrafting trip ideas for a novice
June 08, 2:45pm

Re: Origin of "beta"
Elliot, your account of the term is what I've always heard. Quite sure it has little/nothing to do with computers/IT. I do agree with Steve that the term has a useful specificity and isn'...

In Packrafting » Looking for beta on Olympics
June 08, 2:41pm

Re: Zpacks Arc Blast sizing question
Long story short, there's an acceptable range of torso length. What you prefer will depend on how you like to wear your pack and what you do with it. Torso lengths towards the shorter end...

In GEAR » Zpacks Arc Blast sizing question
June 08, 2:38pm

Re: Pillow slipping out under my head
Place your shoes on the ground toes facing you. Put pillow on shoes.

In GEAR » Pillow slipping out under my head
June 08, 12:26pm

Re: pack fit
"Shouldn't I feel no pain what-so-ever in my shoulders after a 20 mile hike if the weight is all transferred to my hips? Is there any pack that does this?" You bet, after you'v...

In GEAR » How does my backpack fit? (Pics inside)
June 07, 5:21pm

Re: APA Packraft Roundup, July 11-13
Bumping this for anyone who missed it. APA has good numbers registered thus far, with space left. Our meltoff has been late, so water levels should be above average, giving us some good options. ...

In Packrafting » APA Packraft Roundup, July 11-13
June 07, 2:40pm

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