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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: review
Meghan (@ Irunfar) knows her stuff when it comes to running with a pack (she won MDS last year). She is very thin and has a very short torso for her height, so her sizing issues are not likely to ...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » three days, two nights w/ a 24 liter pack?
September 02, 8:47pm

Re: Last Glacier NP Checklist Questions
Cheers Curt. 1: Show up early on Friday, as you can book first thing the day before your trip. If that's too early for your schedule, no harm in showing up Friday afternoon and asking. No ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Last Glacier NP Checklist Questions
September 02, 8:37pm

Re: Re: UD Fastpack
I'll try to get some photos up soonish.

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » three days, two nights w/ a 24 liter pack?
August 30, 8:52am

Re: Patagonia Nano-Air
I haven't tried an Alpha or Alpha-esque piece less, but am intrigued. It seems to me that they'd vent moisture quickly, which would make for a handy rest layer during the winter. Folks wh...

In GEAR » Patagonia Nano-Air
August 30, 8:47am

Re: Re: Re: weekend trip report
Keep in touch Michael. The keys to getting into the heart of the Bob, aside from 30+ mile days, are a willing shuttle driver and a packraft. Monture to Spotted Bear is a very reasonable three...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Bob Marshall 50mi Loop Recommendations
August 28, 8:55am

Re: Traversing the Brooks Range – A Father-Son-Son Adventure

In Post-Trip Reports » Traversing the Brooks Range – A Father-Son-Son Adventure
August 27, 7:10pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Bobwhite Packraft Loop
Aidan, sounds like you had your issues right by the mouth of the White. The main South Fork channel used to flow right past the main outlet, but in the spring of 2013 the channel moved west a good...

In Post-Trip Reports » Bobwhite Packraft Loop
August 27, 9:18am

Re: UD Fastpack
Those photos are user error; no need for the Fastpack to look like that.

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » three days, two nights w/ a 24 liter pack?
August 27, 7:53am

Re: Bumping Not Allowed People
Seriously folks. Just don't be annoying about your bumpage. Simple.

In Gear Swap » Bumping Not Allowed People
August 26, 3:47pm

Re: Ultimate direction Fastpack 20
I should preface this by saying that I haven't run a step, save to cross the street, in years. A number of years ago I suffered through much experimentation trying to find a pack which would w...

In GEAR » Ultimate direction Fastpack 20
August 26, 3:43pm

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