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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

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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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pack testing
Well done sir. I think one of reasons the Golites do so well is the way the belt is anchored to the pack, as well as the stiff foam in the belt. Very little sag in the belt to pack interface.

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Frameless Backpacks State of the Market Report 2011
Part 2B – Technical Evaluation – Measurement of Pack Load Carrying Capacity

June 28, 3:04pm

re: packrafting Austria
That river looks like great paddling.

In Post-Trip Reports » Packrafting in Austria
June 28, 8:05am

Jam weight
I trimmed shoulder, waist, and sternum straps, and replaced the top draw cord and cordlock with smaller and lighter ones (mainly cuz the stock one would suck up lots of water). That's it. Add...

In GEAR » Notes on the 2011 Jam
June 28, 8:03am

Notes on the 2011 Jam
Note one: the side pocket elastic is pathetically weak. The stitching (on the side pocket tops) is crap. The design/dimension (of the side pockets) are ok, and the fabric (of the pockets, and the...

In GEAR » Notes on the 2011 Jam
June 27, 7:54pm

re: zion/bryce/moab
The Narrows is a fine overnight hike. Depending on the time of year getting a permit can be tricky. It's also a fine dayhike, though not for folks with poor balance or weak ankles. It can ta...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Help with hikes in Zion/Bryce/Sedona/Arches
June 23, 8:26pm

re: bug tent
Brian, it'll work fine. One of the internal hang loops on the MLD is bound to work to hang the head end. The foot end is nice to hang, but works fine without. A few extra stakes or guylines ...

In GEAR » Alpinlite Microburst/Microbug
June 22, 9:40pm

the philosophies of wood
Well said Craig. I've never used a knife to prep fuel for the bushbuddy. I just break sticks with my hands or perhaps a rock. With good tinder gathering I hardly ever use more than a light...

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Wood-Burning Camp Stoves - State of the Market Report 2011
June 22, 5:19pm

re: re: Alpinlite
Construction quality is very good, and the "factory" seam sealing job they did on my Microburst is really, really good. Way better than I have the patience for.

In GEAR » Alpinlite Microburst/Microbug
June 22, 5:12pm

re: wood stoves
Some notes: In Glacier NP enclosed wood burning stoves can be used at all BC campsites, even those which forbid fires. One of the reasons I like the Bushbuddy is that it's great for cooki...

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Wood-Burning Camp Stoves - State of the Market Report 2011
June 22, 11:28am

rangers and canisters
I'd ring the Old Faithful backcountry desk and ask about the availabilty of permits. They do cap the number of folks at given sites, and August is usually quite crowded. You could end up bein...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Ride to Yellowstone's Bechler Ranger Station from Kepler Cascades?
June 22, 7:48am

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