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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: 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

Re: Re: MLD Packs and side pockets
Dropping one shoulder strap as much as it will go often works.

In GEAR » MLD Packs and side pockets
April 29, 8:12am

Re: Trail runners for human feet? Bonus: Crudely drawn MS-paint foot illustration.

In GEAR » Trail runners for human feet? Bonus: Crudely drawn MS-paint foot illustration.
April 29, 8:10am

Re: Food
The Belton is in West Glacier. It is good, but I think their food has been slipping a bit in the last year. Add.: The Two Med Grill in East Glacier is the only place on the whole east side ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » GNP August Pre-trip Planning
April 28, 8:33pm

Re: UD fastpack
Nice Peter. Great trip, and the pack looks good too.

In GEAR » Fastpacks 2014
April 28, 3:28pm

Re: "Don't buy expensive ___; put your money toward good ___."
I agree with Mags. I'd also say "clothes: socks and shoes" and "cuben shelter: sil shelter". There are a lot of good budget and/or thrift store options for pants, shir...

In GEAR » "Don't buy expensive ___; save your money and buy good _____."
April 28, 10:51am

Re: Re: GNP Pre-trip
The MAN bc site is a cluster of sites within the auto campground, reserved for backpackers. Typically it is not given out as either the first or last night of a trip. Weird that you have it as pa...

In Pre-Trip Planning » GNP August Pre-trip Planning
April 27, 4:52pm

Re: More info
Danny, I reckon just about everyone goes through what you're talking about. There's the mental and the logistical side of the it. As to the later, there are plenty of conditions where a...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Ultralight Shelters
April 26, 9:13pm

Re: "the lazy man pitch"
Ivo's solution is a good one, great idea. Another approach, which works well if you're more worried about precip than wind, is to make the door narrow and tall, then loosen a corner to mak...

In GEAR » TrailStar question
April 26, 2:40pm

Re: TrailStar question
Two options: Get out and restake at least 2, and probably 3, of the corners to lower all sides to the ground. Probably have to drop the center pole a hair first. Do what most TS owners have ...

In GEAR » TrailStar question
April 26, 12:11pm

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