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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

My Locale Crown of the Continent
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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Gear history question
I purchased this Patagonia anorak at a gear swap this past weekend (for US $10). It's in great shape, and I intend to use it as a winter shell. It's 100% nylon ripstop. The fabric ...

In GEAR » Gear history question
November 01, 6:38pm

ski gear, more ski gear!
Roger, I think the lighter gear would work for me if I could do long traverses and kick turns on steep parts. It's the steep trees, and especially the steep narrow singletrack descents that re...

In Winter Hiking » BC ski gear for rugged, mileage focused touring
November 01, 5:45pm

BC ski gear for rugged, mileage focused touring
http://bedrockandparadox.blogspot.com/2010/10/ski-gear-for-backcountry-traverses.html Thoughts welcome and appreciated.

In Winter Hiking » BC ski gear for rugged, mileage focused touring
October 31, 5:42pm

spring double crossing
Nice job Craig, glad you enjoyed it. I miss that place. A spring double crossing is tough. It's very unusual for snow/ice to not linger on the N Kaibab well into the time when temps get re...

In Post-Trip Reports » Grand Canyon R2R2R, 10/9-10/10
October 22, 8:16am

shell mits
The OR Endeavor Mitts are pretty awesome pieces of gear. I think they hit a good balance of being burly for winter sports without being overbuilt. They're flexible enough for non-snow use (I&...

In GEAR » Shell Mitts
October 21, 8:36am

better than microspokes
Hillsound Trail Crampons.

In GEAR » STABILicers vs MICROspikes
October 21, 8:35am

narrows in November
At normal water November water levels (50-70 cfs) you can expect a waist deep pool or two. More if you route find poorly. Trail runners, synthetics pants and long johns, warm layers in dry bags, ...

In GEAR » Footwear for Zion Narrows in November?
October 21, 8:34am

light pants
The Paty Traverse pants are pretty awesome. Slim fitting, great fabric.

In GEAR » Lightweight Soft Shell Pants - do they exist?
October 21, 8:24am

andy's beta
Very useful PDF, that is. Some interesting thoughts, and some unsurprising ones.

In GEAR » Skurka's Gear List and Commentary
October 18, 7:01pm

My thoughts on shells
The series continues, yeaahh! This one is more mundane due to the topic: http://bedrockandparadox.blogspot.com/2010/10/my-current-thoughts-on-shells.html

In GEAR » My thoughts on shells
October 18, 7:00pm

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