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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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Re: Grand Gulch (Cedar Mesa, UT) pre-planning questions
I would not hesitate to leave the rain coat home. Left it in the car for 7 day and 4 day Grand Canyon trips last year when the forecast was stable. Umbrella wouldn't be bad insurance and woul...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Grand Guld (Cedar Mesa, UT) pre-planning questions
April 07, 1:07pm

Re: Adding weight to increase efficiency. Thoughts?
Practice. A few sacks may or may not help, but the only thing which will be guaranteed to boost efficiency is both going on more trips and thinking about where everything is in a pack and why. ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Adding weight to increase efficiency. Thoughts?
April 07, 7:06am

Re: hiking cadence
I took a few self-samples on a hike this weekend. With a 25 pound pack I was right at 120 steps/minute on flat and rolling trail. That number is almost cut in half on significant uphills, and is ...

In Philosophy & Technique » hiking cadence
April 06, 1:36pm

Re: The most important question of all
You bring the shirt, I'll bring a sharpie. ;) In all seriousness, ain't gonna happen. I don't think I need to elaborate. (first two rules...) Snowmelt around here continues to b...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
April 06, 10:37am

Re: Re: Tarps with a view
Chase, the Bob isn't so different than any other place. It's a good combination of PacNW forested canyons in the western part, and forested midlands and Yellowstone-esque sage valleys in t...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
April 02, 12:08pm

Re: Re: minimalist shoes with good traction on wet and dry rocks?
The Astral shoes are minimal in terms of being zero drop, but they still have a fair amount of padding and structure. Justin, aside from the now-discontinues Rovers nothing really comes close. ...

In GEAR » minimalist shoes with good traction on wet and dry rocks?
April 02, 11:22am

Re: New member seeking advice: Thoughts on GG Kumo SL?
The Kumo is a shorter and shallower Gorilla without the frame and belt, and with a slightly different feature set. If you like the Gorilla and are ok with a pack which is designed to mostly carry ...

In GEAR » New member seeking advice: Thoughts on GG Kumo SL?
April 01, 5:01pm

Re: Bivys and Tarps
You bringing a sleeping bag this year Greg? ;)

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
April 01, 12:21pm

Re: Pitching method
Nifty technique John, I've never tried that. With the BT2 staking the four main corners in a general rectangle with a touch of slack gets the job done. Unlike some shelters, it is somewhat fo...

In GEAR » Seek Outside BT2: The mid I've been looking for
March 31, 6:55pm

Re: Canyonlands National Park
Salt out to Angel Arch and back is a good trip, no regrets there. The hiking is fairly easy and the water is relatively plentiful, both of which sound like they might suit you folks.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Canyonlands National Park
March 31, 8:06am

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