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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

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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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Sorry folks
I was having a dull moment at work earlier, and while I don't think I did too much to get the rock rolling, I probably should have said more what Travis said. Alas. I do think the threa...

In GEAR » Friendly expertise on camping. Please READ!!
March 22, 6:03pm

re: Trailstar pitches
What Travis said. During warmer weather with little wind and maybe a bit of rain overnight I use #1 with a high pitch. AKA cabana mode. Good views. If lots of snow is expected I use #2, but...

In Philosophy & Technique » How do you set up your MLD Trailstar?
March 22, 5:40pm

re: jong
Just wanted to get the first response to what is sure to be the best thread ever. OP, not sure if you're serious. If so, you might want to sus the place out a bit first. Or not Spam.

In GEAR » Friendly expertise on camping. Please READ!!
March 22, 2:07pm

re: WFA and kits
At the risk of getting myself in trouble, I'd mention that I did my first WFR receert with NOLS and was thoroughly unimpressed. My experience only. As for your kit Curtis, I'd say tha...

In Philosophy & Technique » For WFA+ trained folks: How has your first-aid kit expanded?
March 22, 10:42am

re: PFDs
I've been researching this lately. It seems that the primary advantage of inflatable PFDs over the lighter foam ones is in packability rather than weight. A salient issue, as my foam PFD is j...

In Packrafting » PFDs
March 22, 9:07am

re: PIF montane shirts
I'll take one. Prefer the Bionic.

In Gear Swap » PIF - 5 x lightly used Montane Men's Shirts
March 21, 4:32pm

re: WFR
After I took my WFR I did the same thing as Chris. I had a fantastic instuctor that really made us think.

In Philosophy & Technique » For WFA+ trained folks: How has your first-aid kit expanded?
March 21, 7:50am

Pertex Equilibrium vest
I was fortunate enough the get the fabric on closeout from Rockywoods last year. The pattern is the Thru-hiker minimus vest, with only a short zip at the neck, and modified to be a bit slimmer...

In Make Your Own Gear » Pertex Equilibrium vest
March 20, 5:37pm

VB socks
Thermo ski boot liners are made of various sorts of closed cell foam with a light fabric liner. They are thus, to a certain extent, vapor barriers. The liner gets wet, but the foam cannot. Not...

In Editor's Roundtable » Fast and Light Winter Travel
March 19, 6:33pm

re: let us know
Thanks for the kudos Elizabeth. IMO there's not enough info out there about the sort of skiing you're talking about, which is the sort of skiing I think more people will find satisfying (a...

In Winter Hiking » Advice on new cross country/backcountry ski set up
March 19, 8:48am

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