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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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Item #1
That photo is marketing genius. You sneaky little weasels. Let the frenzy begin!

In Gear Swap » Backpacking Light Used Gear Sale
June 06, 12:41pm

conditions update
Went and skied Swiftcurrent Mtn yesterday. Snowline is surprisingly high on the slope up to Granite Park Chalet (around 5k), but there is a lot of snow above that. The 1+ story bunkhouses behind ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Where to go in Montana/Wyoming?
June 06, 7:58am

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Price drop.

In Gear Swap » FS: Arc'teryx Alpha SL pullover
June 06, 7:54am

I'd take a look at Larabar.

In GEAR » Lightest energy bar high in calories and fiber?
June 06, 7:48am

Chris, I'm impressed by many things here, not the least of which is your design/production efficiency. 3 very different packs in a week!

In Make Your Own Gear » New Backpacks
June 05, 10:18pm

just sayin;
Selling an Alpha SL on the swap right now... ;)

In GEAR » Technical Shell (Denali, Rainier, 14'ers)
June 04, 8:10am

Bob, you'll be able to get up to Granite Park from the Loop. Skied up there this time last year, in fact. The trail status dates on the website refer to when they get in to cut out deadfall. ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Where to go in Montana/Wyoming?
June 02, 8:16pm

GTSR opening
Bob, I wouldn't be at all surprised if Logan isn't open for vehicles until early July. It's raining in town right now, and looks just cold enough to be snowing in the mountains. La...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Where to go in Montana/Wyoming?
June 02, 3:18pm

Bump. Will go slightly lower.

In Gear Swap » FS: Arc'teryx Alpha SL pullover
June 02, 8:21am

spektr fit
Torso is trimmer than a stock Houdini. Torso and sleeves are the same if not longer. I'm 5'11", 160 lb, long arms, 38" chest, and the medium Spektr fits perfect. Just enough ...

In Post-Trip Reports » The hardest trip I've ever done
May 31, 8:34pm

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