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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.

I have given up on PMs due to their tendency to encourage poorly considered inquiries. Please contact me through my website. I enjoy pack construction and trip planning questions in particular.
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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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Wrinkled as it's been in a rubbermaid for months. Grease stains on right arm. Not the only stains, but the most obvious. Tear on left shoulder, patched with repair tape. Thi...

In Gear Swap » FS: Clothes for the big footed and skinny
October 13, 5:30pm


In Gear Swap » FS: Clothes for the big footed and skinny
October 13, 5:27pm

re: GRand!
Fkna man. I need to get down and join you guys for that stuff.

In Post-Trip Reports » Rim To Rim - An Exploration
October 13, 2:02pm

re: more gear pics
Will post of everything when I get home. Which is looking like it might be rather late.

In Gear Swap » FS: Clothes for the big footed and skinny
October 13, 1:05pm

re: cilogear
I have no doubt the woven/non fabric is the bomb. I also have no doubt that I'm not spending that on a pack anytime soon. I've been interested in Cilogear for a while, and the 30:30 loo...

In GEAR » Cilogear madness!
October 13, 1:04pm

re: pics
Look for them this evening Michael.

In Gear Swap » FS: Clothes for the big footed and skinny
October 13, 10:31am

FS: Clothes for the big footed and skinny
Each item is 22 bucks shipped, sales with in the CONUS only! Paypal, only! PM if interested, please. Multiple item sales subtract 5 bucks per additional item (e.g. two items cost 39 shipped). ...

In Gear Swap » FS: Clothes for the big footed and skinny
October 13, 8:33am

re; Trailstar
I don't miss mine. It was cool, but a rectangular or nearly so mid is faster to setup. I also wasn't fond of the cat cut edges on the TS. It's possible to get the edges low enough to...

In GEAR » MLD Trailstar. The most versatile shelter?
October 09, 4:44am

high res
Thanks everyone. Sam, I'd like a camera that shot HD vid. The S90 is great for stills, and as that's what interests me most I've yet to find reason to upgrade. The S100 does look g...

In Post-Trip Reports » Bechler River weekend
October 08, 7:24pm

re: lost creek
Looks good Randy! Lost Creek is a cool place.

In Post-Trip Reports » Fall colors weekend in LCW
October 07, 7:34am

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