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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: giant spacer mesh
Looks like the stuff Golite uses on the backpanel of the newest Jam and Pinnacle. Very effective. Only issue I have is pine needles get inside it like mad.

In Make Your Own Gear » Giant 3D spacer mesh
November 14, 9:37pm

Double Crossing
I'd very much like to make this work. Ths logistics, especially insofar as getting cheap flights, are a bit daunting. Will talk to some folks about that soon. Mid-April is a good time. Ma...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Grand Canyon- Double Crossing aka "Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim"- BPL Group Run
November 14, 12:07pm

Grand Canyon in Jan.
Sounds like a perfectly servicable plan. Not sure why you need to get up at 4am, but it'll give you plenty of time. I'd expect significant snow above 6k on the north rim, and ice above ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Grand Canyon Rim to Rim Yoyo - January 2012
November 14, 11:59am

Jam torso size
Golite uses the too-common method of measuring from the base of the pack to the straps, rather than the functional center of the hipbelt. I agree with Luke w/r/t how such a pack should fit. I...

In GEAR » Golite Jam Sizing
November 14, 7:32am

insulation versatility
I'm not at all sure fleece is less thermally efficient than the thinner synthetic layers. Richard N's findings that a Thermawrap jacket is about as warm as Powerstretch would seem to suppo...

In GEAR » Insulation versatility
November 13, 8:26am

News flash; Wood burns
Any thoughts on a fire-proof knob as a replacement?

In GEAR » News flash; Wood burns
November 13, 8:19am

2012 BPL Grand Canyon Double Crossing
The R2R2R monikor is hard to type. Anyone unclear on the route and mileage involved should look here: http://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/trail-distances.htm A spring Double is a bit tricki...

In Other Activities » 2012 BPL Grand Canyon Double Crossing
November 11, 8:17am

re: cabeza prieta
We never made it down to the Cabeza or Organ Pipe when we lived in northern AZ. Was regretting that as I wrote my earlier post. I have mountain biked around Tucson and in the Santa Ritas a fair b...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Some place to be in February
November 10, 5:55pm

re: double crossing
42 miles for the double using the South Kaibab, 45 using the Bright Angel. Down one and up the other going along the river is 16ish. I've done the double both ways, and think that the extra...

In Other Activities » Eugene Smith is a beast
November 10, 5:52pm

chafing
Chase, you summed it up pretty well. Getting lean (and as Krudmeister says in the above link) toughening up the relevant areas are also helpful.

In GEAR » Underwear and Chafing
November 10, 3:27pm

All Reader Reviews by David Chenault

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STARBUCKS VIA Italian Roast
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