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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

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About Me Social worker. Endurance mountain bike racer, ultra-hiker, packrafter, BC skier, un-serious climber and canyoneer.

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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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R 1/2 hoodie
Mike, they never made them for men. Mine is a women's XL I got on sale and modified. The closest available now is the Cap 4 hoodie, also only made for women.

In Winter Hiking » Winter hiking around 0F and below - what do you wear?
February 03, 7:53pm

Brand new: you're retro (new Capilene fit!)
Just received a 2011 Cap 1 (stretch!) t-shirt and Cap 2 LS crew as a b-day present from my in-laws (thanks Jackie!). Good timing as some of my old ones are developing perma-stink. I'm very ...

In GEAR » Brand new: you're retro (new Capilene fit!)
February 03, 7:43pm

clothing below zero
Derek, that strikes me as a lot of clothing! If your partner was really so stop and go, the chances that you got a bit sweaty and thus cold seem fairly high. On the other hand, generating a const...

In Winter Hiking » Winter hiking around 0F and below - what do you wear?
February 03, 2:58pm

approach ski
We won't be hearing from them for much longer, they'll have almost no market. For 900 bucks you get a Voile split with everything but boots and bindings!

In Winter Hiking » Another New Ski...
February 02, 8:36am

beacon practice
Practice is key. Bozeman's in-town beacon park is a work of genius.

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » Advances in Avy Gear
February 01, 5:16pm

wrangel traverse
Awesome TR for sure. Guys coulda learned a few things from here, but they did alright anyway.

In Post-Trip Reports » 33 Days Across Wrangell-St. Elias NP
January 31, 8:43pm

bugs in canyons
You'll have no problems with critters cowboy camping. Grand Gulch and Dark Canyon are highish altitude by desert standards, not prime scorpion country.

In GEAR » Desert/canyon sleeping advice
January 31, 8:41pm

avy gear
The Ortovox F1 still has the best range of any beacon available. And while important, learning to use a beacon (even an analogue one) is not that hard.

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » Advances in Avy Gear
January 31, 6:52pm

closet cleaning
email sent on Essenshell.

In Gear Swap » Closet Cleaning: Patagonia, Marmot, Outdoor Research
January 31, 8:52am

re: fav loop in US
Highline-Stoney Indian-Ptarmigan-Swiftcurrent in GNP.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » favorite loop trail in the U.S?
January 30, 8:16pm

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