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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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Jan-Feb trip
Go to the Grand Canyon. You'll need microspikes or something similar for the first 1500-2000 vertical down from the south rim, but below that snow is unlikely. Temps can be chilly, but daytim...

In Winter Hiking » Jan/Feb trip recommendations
December 04, 12:06am

velcro and yoga mat
EJ, I've been gradually cutting away at a pink yoga mat I bought at Walmart a few years ago. It's what I think of the standard thickness, about 3/8". I ended up not making insole fo...

In GEAR » Backcountry footwear for the other three seasons
December 03, 5:58pm

Sportiva shoes
EJ, I used a pair of Fireblades last year and liked them, I just prefer the more aggressive tread on the Crossleather/lite. The Skylite has a very low tread. I've not worn them, but the Wild...

In GEAR » Backcountry footwear for the other three seasons
December 03, 5:47am

Pretty cool site! Hadn't heard of it before. Impressive sat resolution.

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Isle Royale: must do's?
December 02, 9:08pm

BD update
Spoke with BD CS earlier today. They recommended the Contact for trail runners, but though a crampon with a bail would be better for tele boots. I'm hoping to haul boots down to the mountain ...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » BD Contact crampons
December 02, 10:59am

Isle Royale must dos
Travis, some ideas from my limited personal experience: -The Minong Ridge is for sure a must do, especially the section from Washington Creek to Todd Harbor. The mix of ridge walking with occas...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Isle Royale: must do's?
December 02, 10:57am

re: long trail unsupported record
Will, you've got at least two decades during which you can hope to get faster at ultraendurance hiking. Only up from here (unless you injure yourself!). Reading the unsupported record holde...

In Post-Trip Reports » Long Trail Unsupported Attempt - August 2010
December 01, 9:21pm

fuzzy shorts
Nunatak makes down knickers with an 18" inseam. Cloudveil made a powerstretch boxer short; I'm very fond of mine.

In GEAR » "paradise below zero" insulated shorts?
December 01, 7:55pm

Long trail
Nice job Will.

In Post-Trip Reports » Long Trail Unsupported Attempt - August 2010
December 01, 5:54pm

cold trail runners
I've taken my standard non-WP trail runners into the low single digits with a vapor barrier sock and medium wool sock and been just fine. Having plenty of room too wiggle the toes is what you ...

In Winter Hiking » How low have you taken your trail runners?
December 01, 5:53pm

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