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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: in search for perfect fleece
To my knowledge it doesn't exist. Powerstretch is too heavy and sucks up too much water. Grid fleece is sub-optimal as a mid layer. The Montane Fury would be perfect if they didn't use a...

In GEAR » in search for perfect fleece
August 19, 10:06am

Re: Please help me find a good backpack
One thing to keep in mind is that 40 pounds is well inside the capabilities of the Unaweep, rather than at the edge of packs like the Arc Haul, Porter, Catalyst, etc. If that sort of load is at al...

In GEAR » Please help me find a good backpack
August 17, 12:45pm

Re: No compromises pack... does it exist?
There are always compromises, but the Exped Lightning sounds like it's darn close to what you want.

In GEAR » No compromises pack... does it exist?
August 17, 12:39pm

Re: Searching A New Backpack for Heavyweight Carrying
Paradox Unaweep Exposure is the one which comes to mind. Load carriage and zipper are there, bottle pockets will fit narrower 1.5 liter bottles. The Stone Glacier Solo would also fit, but lacks b...

In GEAR » Searching A New Backpack for Heavyweight Carrying
August 17, 12:32pm

Re: Re: Bob Marshall packraft conditions alert
A fine choice Dan, and congrats on the new boat. The 2015 boats are ridiculously good. Spruce Creek down to Bear Creek has a few riffles which can be spicy at higher levels. If anything this yea...

In Packrafting » Bob Marshall packraft conditions alert
August 11, 3:08pm

Re: Re: Re: Beartooth wilderness planning
Off trail nav is both simple and complex. Generally you can see quite far and stay of course in a macro sense easily, but some of the rock ridges and slabs are amazingly complex on a micro level. ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Beartooth wilderness planning
August 11, 6:54am

Re: Ankles
I haven't had shin splints since high school cross country (when my coach told me ignore them and that led to a stress fracture). In your case Nick I'd assume that horridly rough and hard ...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2016 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
August 10, 12:58pm

Re: Beartooth wilderness planning
I'm not aware of any shuttles service for that rather long drive. The Tetons are fine, but I can't see any reason to drive through all of Yellowstone when you'd be going past some grea...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Beartooth wilderness planning
August 10, 12:52pm

Re: How do Cold Cold World packs carry?
They're about as good as frameless packs get if you fit them right, but the suspension is still just a stiff folded CCF pad in a zippered sleeve. 35 lbs for multiple days is doable if you have...

In GEAR » How do Cold Cold Worls packs carry?
August 10, 10:24am

I hope to see you next May Seth. The factor which always seems to take everyone by surprise, myself included, is how much joint and connective tissue fatigue accumulates over the few days on c...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2016 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
August 09, 8:25pm

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