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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: Re: Re: Becoming disoriented in the woods
I've gotten a bit off course many times (snow usually has a lot to do with it), but the times I've gotten off route enough for it to be a serious hazard or time suck without fail happened b...

In Philosophy & Technique » Becoming disoriented in the woods
December 02, 7:56pm

Re: Feathered Friends Vireo UL - Will it work for the PCT?
Ryan, I think it will be sub-optimal. I've had a Vireo Nano for the last year, and while I really like the concept and excellent craftsmanship, it isn't the most versatile design. The u...

In GEAR » Feathered Friends Vireo UL - Will it work for the PCT?
December 02, 7:44pm

Re: more info
Carlos, if you can find a Montane Mountain Star in your size I think you'll be very happy. The Squamish and BD Alpine Start also fit your performance criteria, but are a lot more expensive.

In GEAR » Affordable Wind Jackets
December 02, 7:40pm

Re: New MLD Pack
Always nice to see MLD stretching their legs. I'd be sorely tempted if I didn't have a very similar bag I built myself. Would be a great canyon and ski bag.

In GEAR » New MLD Pack
December 02, 4:08pm

Re: Re: mt biking in wilderness history, and machines
:) Roger, you may use another example of the degress of mechanization in human powered transport, if you like. Paragliders v. oar rafts, for instance. Regardless, I will maintain that yo...

In Philosophy & Technique » The inevitable bike legalization of the JMT
December 02, 4:04pm

Re: Cheap is usually Cheap
Carlos, do you have much of an idea of what you want out of a windshell? Do you anticipate wearing it often, or packing it most of the time? (The later would suggest smaller and lighter as a prio...

In GEAR » Affordable Wind Jackets
December 02, 2:35pm

Re: Becoming disoriented in the woods
It will happen to any and everyone under the right circumstances. A shot a deer perhaps 1.2 miles from the road in a little wooded area near home which I know well. By the time I had the deer cut...

In Philosophy & Technique » Becoming disoriented in the woods
December 02, 1:20pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Northern Rockies winter list
A full review of the Lite Alpine will appear in the near future. In short, yes, it is exceptionally breathable.

In Gear Lists » Northern Rockies winter list
December 02, 1:10pm

Re: Re: Northern Rockies winter list
I use the prolite and ridgerest together, perhaps that wasn't clear. The Prolite is a slightly older model with a higher R value than the current model (which I use as a summer pad). The ...

In Gear Lists » Northern Rockies winter list
December 02, 12:10pm

Avalanches: The Human Factor
An ongoing series over at Powder Magazine which is suggested reading for anyone who gets out in the mountains in winter.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Avalanches: The Human Factor
December 02, 12:04pm

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