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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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straight v. bent
I don't think they make a 4 piece bent shaft. If they do, could be interesting. I've never paddled with a bent shaft paddle, but would like to try one.

In Packrafting » Which packraft paddle?
October 02, 11:53pm

Poncho sold to Mr. Dean pending payment. Several offers on the anorak in negotiation. Speak now!

In Gear Swap » FS: Stuff
September 28, 7:50pm

re: PM

In Gear Swap » FS: Stuff
September 28, 8:20am

triumph and poncho-tarp
Bump. Make an offer on the anorak and poncho-tarp. Looking to sell, for cheap.

In Gear Swap » FS: Stuff
September 27, 8:29pm

soft science
Right Gary. To give an example, the Kendall et all 2008 study of the grizz population in Glacier estimated around 240 bears, but the 95% confidence interval was 202-304. How can biologists improv...

In Editor's Roundtable » Guidelines for Grizzly Country
September 27, 3:56pm

the limits of science
Thanks for your words Bernard. I particularly agree with your penultimate paragraph. Satellite tracking collars are one development which might provide more data. A Griz in my area was recentl...

In Editor's Roundtable » Guidelines for Grizzly Country
September 27, 11:22am

re: youth services
Travis, I'm not familiar with that particular program. Looking at the staff bios, they look like a pretty new (>1 yr) startup. Pretty common, that niche has exploded since I worked in wild...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Western Mountain Youth Services
September 27, 8:01am

So Ut
The Colorado Plateau is where I would go. Fly into SLC or Vegas, rent a car, drive to Zion, Bryce, or the Escalante. Do the Trans-Zion (imo not that good), Under the Rim (better), or a loop from ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Mid-October Trip suggestions
September 26, 12:07pm

hipbelt styles
I have a hard time understanding the popularity of wing-style hipbelts on larger packs. Unless such a pack is packed quite loosely and is thus very flexible, one ends up with gaps where the belt d...

In Make Your Own Gear » Hipbelt and Suspension
September 26, 12:02pm

Bernard, you've made your stance on my article repeatedly clear. What you have yet to do is discuss the details of and evidence for this opinion. I repeat: until you do so I find it hard to...

In Editor's Roundtable » Guidelines for Grizzly Country
September 25, 10:23pm

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