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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

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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: Does Cuben crack in the cold?
I've a 150D hybrid cuben pack out in -25F. The fabric is very loud, but suffers no ill effects.

In GEAR » Does Cuben crack in the cold?
February 22, 8:52am

Re: Re: All of the Above
As a former Xanterra employee, I think it's quite fair to blame and disparage them all day. Plenty of decent folks work for them, but as a headless corporate entity they're pretty evil. I...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Bad Food in the Parks...
February 22, 8:51am

Re: Studded Shoes
I would be very wary of shoes with integral spikes. The Inov8 Orocs I had a while ago worked well, but the spikes created pressure points after 20 miles on anything but super soft ground. In ...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
February 20, 3:35pm

Re: Gutless method,,
Remove the loins, make a little slit next to the spine behind the ribs (not puncturing the abdominal sack, push said sack out of the way, cut tenderloins free. You can get both from one side. Whe...

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Hunting: Towards a Coherent Definition
February 20, 3:30pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Planning a Grand Canyon trip, looking for a little advice
The Round Valley access to the Nanokoweep Dean highlights is a different ballgame from the roads up on the plateau. These days it's probably useable almost year round. I'd actually be far...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Planning a Grand Canyon trip, looking for a little advice
February 20, 3:28pm

Re: And now for something productive:
Dave P, thanks for the cool link. Whelen's model 94 with iron sights probably weighed right around what my Kimber does (w/ scope). Todd, a few questions. When ranging via mildot, you&#...

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Hunting: Towards a Coherent Definition
February 20, 2:48pm

Re: Re: Te Araroa - NZ South Island
Most New Zealand huts are administered by the Department of Conservation and operate on a first come first served, pay after basis. Hut passes work for these. Some of the more popular DOC huts re...

In Post-Trip Reports » Te Araroa - NZ South Island
February 18, 6:29pm

Re: Te Araroa - NZ South Island
Great stuff Peter. I suppose there's no good way to do it without throwing in some more questionable river fords, and probably some easy mountaineering, but it seems unfortunate that the s...

In Post-Trip Reports » Te Araroa - NZ South Island
February 18, 2:29pm

Re: Ultralight Hunting: Towards a Coherent Definition
Optics are contextual to a certain extent, but my sense is a lot less than most assume. Again, the distinction between a routinely successful hunter and a backpacker with a rifle must be maintaint...

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Hunting: Towards a Coherent Definition
February 18, 2:11pm

Re: Valentine's Day Montana style
Nice one Mike. That is a remarkable lack of mid-elevation snow. Pretty soon there will be some GRIZZ around to steal that lobster.

In Post-Trip Reports » Valentine's Day Montana style
February 17, 10:29am

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