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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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gear geekage
Thanks everyone! And thanks Eugene for linking to those articles, I did indeed use those approaches on this trip, as my gear philosophies and ability to do a trip like this have evolved hand in ha...

In Post-Trip Reports » A November overnight in Glacier
November 09, 8:10am

A November overnight in Glacier
As Click and Clack say: Ha! We're back! Glacier is my backyard now that we live in Kalispell. I did a sixty mile overnight this weekend, starting at Two Medicine hiking the CDT north, then ...

In Post-Trip Reports » A November overnight in Glacier
November 08, 9:13pm

day bow bag
Ryan, it's a very good idea. Besides making for a clean and tangle free rig, it would reduce water absorption. My question is; how much can it compress? It took me a while to find a good...

In Packrafting » Packraft Day+ bow bag
November 08, 6:30pm

good gear
Pack: One of my homemade ones, Talon 22 Trekking poles: Homemade, GosGear grips on fiberglass XC ski poles Shelter: MLD Trailstar Sleeping bag: Western Mountaineering, BPL syntheti...

In GEAR » BPL Reader "best of" thread
November 08, 5:52am

Great video Larry! Really captures the mechanics, and how darn annoying the learning process is. I used a rock climbing bolt drill to put a hole in a piece of hard granite. An elk ankle bone p...

In Philosophy & Technique » Bow Drill Fires!
November 05, 8:18am

Brad, scrape the black stuff off the end of your spindle, and try the tension suggestions above. If that doesn't do it, start a new hole in your fireboard. Oftentimes as you bore a hole deepe...

In Philosophy & Technique » Bow Drill Fires!
November 05, 8:10am

down overcompression
I believe it was Chris Townsend that, a few months ago, spoke of unpacking a vacuum-compressed down bag that had been stored very compressed for years. It suffered no ill-effects. IMO down overco...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Please - help me with my gear list purchase.
November 05, 8:03am

two lights
For serious night hiking I use two lights. One headlamp on the head, one on a waist strap. This system drastically improves depth perception.

In GEAR » Flashlight vs. Headlamp for hiking
November 05, 7:49am

winter gloves/mitts
Most of the time I wear OR Omni gloves alone (size M), and put Endeavor mitts over them (size L, crucial to size up!) when it's really cold (like single digits and/or super windy). I have a pa...

In GEAR » Recommend me a Winter glove system
November 05, 7:43am

tachyon review
Good words Will (as always). Perhaps the most outstanding thing about the anorak is the cost! Seems like quite the bargin.

In Editor's Roundtable » MontBell Tachyon Anorak and Dynamo Wind Pants Review
November 03, 8:11am

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