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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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frameless packs:pad stiffnesses
I don't use inflatables, so have no comments on that. A ridgerest is a good bit softer than a blue mat from Walmart or the like. For lighter loads, I like the ridgerest as it balances struc...

In GEAR » Preferred sleeping p[ad for forming framless pack.
January 23, 10:51pm

DimPoly v. Dynemma
I can't comment on weather XPac is Dimension Polyant as Rockywoods claims. I bought the VX-21 I made into packs from a friend in the industry. I'm not sure that VX-21 is more abrasion a...

In Make Your Own Gear » Dimension Polyant Fabrics - Xpac and the like...
January 23, 9:20pm

"Why"?
Thanks Eugene. No one "just enjoys" anything. You enjoy it for a reason. I'd argue that, insofar as you'll likely enrich your own life and the life of others by doing so, you...

In GEAR » "Mirror mirror on the wall, who's the lightest of them all?"
January 23, 8:45am

new boat
Travis: agreed. I use a 4 piece all fiberglass Aquabound Shred. 200 cm shaft A-B made custom for me (through REI). Super-burly, which is good for the bony creeking around here. The Sawyers ar...

In Packrafting » New Alpacka boat design!
January 21, 8:21pm

some info and psyche
Two Medicine to McDonald, on the CDT and over Gunsight Pass, this November: http://bedrockandparadox.wordpress.com/2010/11/09/fear-and-trembling-in-praise-of-the-off-season/ 30 mile days, lots of...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Glacier National Park
January 21, 8:17pm

new boat!!
Pretty awesome that they keep pushing the envelope. I'll be interested to hear reports on how the new desing increases hull speed. I already find the 2010 entended butt makes bandersnatching ...

In Packrafting » New Alpacka boat design!
January 21, 1:45pm

GNP trips
Reporting for duty Sam! First, early September should be a great time of year to hike in Glacier. Might be snow, might be rain, no bugs, beautiful. Second, it is very possible to do 20+ mile...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Glacier National Park
January 21, 1:39pm

update
This pack has proven invaluable this winter. It swallows gear for -20 no problem. The Dimension Polyant fabric is incredible, extremely waterproof, and ideal for packrafting, snow and rain. It a...

In Make Your Own Gear » The North Fork Pack
January 19, 8:46pm

serious backpacking
Serious: a word which begs to be taken in a manner anything but. I'll try to avoid that. 1. Why do you consider yourself serious? I plan trips in order to challenge myself, and keep buil...

In GEAR » Big, Heavy Packs
January 19, 8:28pm

NOLS skis list
That list would have be bringing all the clothes in my closet. ;) Chris, Mike Clelland teaches some of those classes, and made a great gear list post a few years back. I'd find it.

In Winter Hiking » Gear for 12-Day Backcountry Skiing Course
January 18, 7:48pm

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