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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

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re: pack dimensions
Thanks Chris. I'm assuming those are the Porter dimensions. Quite narrow at less than 6 inches deep. Presumably that Expedition is fatter in this respect. Can I have too many packs. No, ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Hyperlite Mountain Gear Porter / Expedition Pack Review
January 11, 10:24am

pack dimensions
Those packs look good. If ya'll could post up the dimensions (depth, width, height) I'd appreciate it. Those give me a better sense of size than cubic inches.

In Editor's Roundtable » Hyperlite Mountain Gear Porter / Expedition Pack Review
January 11, 9:42am

bikepacking trails
Joe, the climb out Schaffer on the White Rim is cake compared to the Shandies on the Kokopelli.

In Bikepacking & Bicycle Touring » Top Ten Bikepacking Trails
January 10, 9:29pm

reading material
A few years I resolved, as an experiment, to not bring reading material on backpacking trips for the whole year. Now I never do, and am better able to just sit and appreciate as a result. And it&...

In Post-Trip Reports » Solo backpacking as epistemic suicide
January 10, 7:16am

Solo backpacking as epistemic suicide
Fact: Glacier, at least on the Pacific side, has a stunning lack of snow. I did a 40+ mile loop Friday-Saturday without skis or snowshoes (but with crampons). Thesis: If existence as such is de...

In Post-Trip Reports » Solo backpacking as epistemic suicide
January 09, 8:53pm

re: aquaseal
I doesn't stay on the shiny side. Like using silnet on a PU coated tarp.

In Packrafting » Christmas
January 05, 8:44pm

re: NOLS bear attack
There were several articles in the Alaska Dispatch over the summer which did a much better job discussing the incident. My take: they may have made a few mistakes, but encounters like that are p...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Alone in a vast Alaskan wilderness, seven teens fend off a grizzly bear—then try to stay alive
January 05, 6:27pm

carbon Shuna
Dan, I known Werner will make a 4 piece all carbon paddle (Forrest McCarthy has a carbon Powerhouse). You might have to order direct from Werner. No downside I'm aware of other than cost.

In Packrafting » Which packraft paddle?
January 05, 6:13pm

paddles and PFDs
Dan, you know my thoughts on the Shuna. So worth the $$. I've not seen the Alpacka trekking pole blades, but they seem like a neat idea. I think your idea about an inflatable PFD is right ...

In Packrafting » Christmas
January 04, 4:15pm

re: avy story
Glad everyone made it out mostly in one piece. Too many avy stories get brushed up because folks don't want to air out their mistakes, which deprives everyone of learning opportunities. I&#...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » Personal Avy Story
January 04, 4:10pm

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