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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

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About Me Social worker. Endurance mountain bike racer, ultra-hiker, packrafter, BC skier, un-serious climber and canyoneer.

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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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Re: CO / WY Recommendations, 4-5 days
The Cirque of Towers area gets a ton of traffic, and for good reason. The trails back there are dead easy to follow. I'd look at a loop in the Weminuche or San Juans.

In Pre-Trip Planning » CO / WY Recommendations, 4-5 days
April 30, 10:39am

Re: Epic trips in states that don't get the glory
There are no epic backpacks in Iowa, when I lived there I looked. What is available is a practically endless selection of quiet pavement and gravel roads for bike touring. You could take just abo...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Epic trips in states that don't get the glory
April 30, 10:35am

Re: Re: Re: Explain
Again, I'm not crystal clear on the chemistry, but DWR certainly doesn't last forever. A friend who is a fish biologist legit kills a rain coat every year, even proper DWR procedure doesn&...

In GEAR » DWR?
April 30, 10:18am

Re: Training for Backpacking
I agree Ben, exercise is all too often neither particularly healthy nor sustainable. Beyond anything my hope here is to show that a lot of folks can do structured training with fairly modest alter...

In Editor's Roundtable » Training for Backpacking
April 30, 10:14am

Re: Explain
I don't know the chemistry very well so I'll not attempt more technical terminology. The idea is that whatever treatment comprises the DWR works by using little spiky things to break up th...

In GEAR » DWR?
April 30, 9:45am

Re: July 3-9
The only real downside to the earlier date is a decent probability of more/worse bugs. It is conceivable that if May stays cool and runoff is quite late, the rivers will be intimidatingly big (say...

In Packrafting » Packrafting trip ideas for a novice
April 30, 6:51am

Re: DWR?
Robert, try washing and rinsing your jacket, twice, with the appropriate soap. Then tumble dry until it is fairly warm to the touch. DWR usually fails due to dirt and oil contamination, and the o...

In GEAR » DWR?
April 30, 6:41am

Re: Snowpack/water levels
Given the big snowpack, and the fact that the high elevation melt hasn't really started, the reasonable assumption would be that things will be at least a bit higher in July than usual. It...

In Packrafting » Packrafting trip ideas for a novice
April 29, 9:09pm

Re: Dirty Devil River, March 2014
Awesome Matt. What cfs did you have?

In Post-Trip Reports » Dirty Devil River, March 2014
April 29, 4:45pm

Re: Winds and weather
I agree with John. If you're willing (and physically able) to adjust your route and seek out more shelter as needed, a tarp will be fine. The flexibility of being able to camp up in the tundr...

In GEAR » Tarp in the Wind River Range
April 29, 8:14am

All Reader Reviews by David Chenault

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STARBUCKS VIA Italian Roast
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