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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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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

Re: how much r value for snow?
5 under the torso, and more can't hurt.

In GEAR » how much r value for snow?
October 12, 7:43pm

Re: Thanks David
If you have warm feet, thick socks should work down to zero. The key part will be keeping the boots dry so they don't freeze overnight. Dry NM snow and gaiters should do the trick. My ex...

In Gear Lists » Please critque my winter clothing/ sleep system.
October 12, 7:42pm

Re: Please critque my winter clothing/ sleep system.
I'm tailoring these comments to trips in NM with nights a bit below zero F. I don't see a bit puffy jacket, and I think you'll want one both for camp and sleeping. Something with 8+...

In Gear Lists » Please critque my winter clothing/ sleep system.
October 12, 8:35am

Re: glue for gossamer gear pole grips?
Pour a good dab of Gorilla Glue inside the inverted grip. Coat the end of the pole shaft with mineral spirits, then quickly insert (before the ms start to evaporate). Give the grip a few 360 degr...

In GEAR » glue for gossamer gear pole grips?
October 10, 8:14am

Re: Re: Critters
Like many rodents, and whiskers are a bit wider when fanned out than the Pika itself. Helps navigate pitch dark spots down in the talus (especially during winter). Pikas need talus big enough...

In Post-Trip Reports » Critters
October 10, 8:11am

Re: Grand Canyon Denied – Lessons Learned
Thanks for the report Greg. You had the misfortune of being in the ditch during the most impressive flood cycle since at least October of 2006. Tough conditions for sure. I'm headed down at ...

In Post-Trip Reports » Grand Canyon Denied – Lessons Learned
October 09, 11:54am

Re: MY winter clothes system, hints to improve.
Looks pretty good to me. I'd add a windshell of some kind, and look into a lighter pair of shoes for summer. The Quests are a good boot, but the height and GTX is likely not necessary much of...

In GEAR » MY winter clothes system, hints to improve.
October 08, 7:37am

Re: Grand Canyon end of January January may be problematic insofar as snow can make the South Bass TH difficult to access.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Grand Canyon end of January
October 07, 5:06pm

Re: Duomid or Solomid
Mazen, your comments about the little tent pads in Glacier crack me up. The 3 guys, 3 tents phenomenon is not what the NPS intended, that is for sure. I think either of the MLD mids will do fin...

In GEAR » Duomid or Solomid
October 06, 8:06pm

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