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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.

I have given up on PMs due to their tendency to encourage poorly considered inquiries. Please contact me through my website. I enjoy pack construction and trip planning questions in particular.
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Essence and Clikstand are SOLD. Thanks Jim and Justin. SilCape appears to be a large. No tag, but fits dimensions on the ID website.

In Gear Swap » FS: Stuff
September 19, 7:51pm

re: girly girl
Fantastic trip report. That pic of Kathleen in the tent had me laughing, a lot. Before we were married, my wife and I were on a road trip, and camping above Colorado Spring in the forest. It...

In Post-Trip Reports » Girly Girl GF and SUL BF world's collide, our first overnight together. Bull's Bridge on the AT.
September 19, 6:21pm

updates on stuff
(That ambiguous title worked like a charm!) Stove set sale pending, payment. Cape and poncho-tarp are a very yellow shade of yellow. Both rain jackets are in darn good shape. Used plenty,...

In Gear Swap » FS: Stuff
September 19, 6:12pm

FS: Stuff
Clikstand Sierra titanium alcohol stove combo. SOLD. TNF Triumph Anorak, green, men's medium. Marmot Essence, blue w/ lime zip, men's medium. SOLD. Integral Designs Poncho-tarp a...

In Gear Swap » FS: Stuff
September 19, 2:49pm

thorofare shirt
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In Gear Swap » FS: Men's Thorofare shirts
September 19, 2:45pm

one gear
Singlespeeds are great. My favorite way to ride bikes. A gear for mountain riding isn't usually very good for riding around town though. I currently have a 1 by 5 on my bike, with a road r...

In Bikepacking & Bicycle Touring » MYOB Single gear hybrid
September 19, 9:00am

re: bando pack
I'm glad folks like you and the Zim are out there making stuff like this Thom. We've got lots of fantastic options as a result.

In GEAR » TraiLite Designs Bandoleer Pack review (at last)
September 19, 8:58am

horses and bear
Chatted with her back in July when she was leading a pair of (acutely out of place looking) dudes down from Sperry. A cruder person might note that she's rather hot.

In Editor's Roundtable » Guidelines for Grizzly Country
September 18, 9:26pm

re: good TRs
LOL on the music comment Patrick. I agree. When I think about writing anything (even if it's writing with pictures and/or video) I try to think about the thesis of the trip, or the one thin...

In Post-Trip Reports » What makes a good trip report?
September 18, 12:07pm

TraiLite Designs Bandoleer Pack review (at last)
Took me long enough. This is (for where I live) a summer SUL specialty tool, and it took until July before it was even useable. After the last 2 months of quick trips, I'm not giving this pac...

In GEAR » TraiLite Designs Bandoleer Pack review (at last)
September 17, 10:46am

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