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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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2012 Alaska Mountain Wilderness Classic gear list
It's in my profile, maan. The 2012 course is in the SE Chugach, from Thompson Pass to McCarthy. My list from this year, in the central Alaska Range, can be found in my race report article o...

In Gear Lists » 2012 Alaska Mountain Wilderness Classic gear list
December 06, 6:50pm

Jam v. Talon 44
I've had friends on trips with a 44, but never used it myself.

In GEAR » 2012 Golite Jam
December 06, 12:17pm

VX-21 Jam
Yep, dimension polyant fabrics would be a great addition to the Jam/Pinnacle line. Golite could presumably get something with the face weight and waterproof laminate of VX-21 but with a bit of the...

In GEAR » 2012 Golite Jam
December 06, 12:05pm

2012 Jam
I shall refrain from repeating myself on the weight debate. I'd like to see Golite push the envelope in the fabric department. Dyneema X is well on its way towards antiquation.

In GEAR » 2012 Golite Jam
December 06, 11:46am

re: jam
Links? Photos? Load lifters would help make up for the under-sized torso length on the 2011.

In GEAR » 2012 Golite Jam
December 06, 11:08am

re: fire starters
First rule of firestarting: cheat. I bring chemical tinder and kindling for security. Tinder = lint and denatured alc in a little nalgene. Kindling = esbit. Using both will get the job done i...

In Philosophy & Technique » Wood stove you carry a "real" knife?
December 05, 6:13pm

re: 2.5 pack
I reckon that sternum strap (and top closure) is going to be copied a lot.

In GEAR » MLD 2.5 Pack
December 05, 7:32am

re: Dunes
Well done, thank you!

In Post-Trip Reports » Nordhouse Dunes: Where the Wild Things Are
December 04, 8:09pm

re: durable air pad
The humble Prolite has an excellent reputation for toughness. I use my XS directly on the ground most of the time, and under my packraft seat.

In GEAR » Most Durable Inflatable Air Pad
December 04, 4:46pm

Thoughts on pack design
I've got a few of them:

In Make Your Own Gear » Thoughts on pack design
December 02, 7:32pm

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