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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.

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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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existential whoring
"i personally think that many people, including myself, overcompensate with gear because they have certain inadequacies ... whether its not enough time, not enough skill, or just plain whoring...

In GEAR » Is it worth it?
February 17, 7:33pm

re: another pack
Great pack. Very clean. (And great idea for wedding gifts, Travis!)

In Make Your Own Gear » Another Pack
February 17, 8:29am

re: is it worth it?
Maps? Compass? Camera? Pack? Shoes? Bikes?? All soft spots for me. Nice work gents, thanks.

In GEAR » Is it worth it?
February 17, 8:26am

Is it worth it? Exit question: best spiritual/practical bang for buck tangible outdoor object (aka gear)?

In GEAR » Is it worth it?
February 16, 11:25pm

I think model #3 deserves credit for a pretty respectable fake glasses tan/windburn.

In GEAR » i wont say the Y word ...
February 16, 11:24pm

TX bike trek
Why undies if you're already wearing bike shorts? Convertible pants won't work well cycling, they'll catch in your back wheel and the zips might chafe. If your gear is going on a ...

In Gear Lists » 4 Day/3 Night Bike "Trek" in Texas
February 16, 7:32am

re: isle royale list
I was on IR the third week of July last year, and there were a few stretches where a headnet was invaluable. I'd also worry that, baring an August trip, your system will be too cold.

In Gear Lists » u.l. beginnings ...
February 14, 6:17pm

how to hike
I've never heard the bit about distributing weight differently for uphills and downhills. Sounds like hookum. I enjoy walking all day, so I try to do just that, keeping water and snacks a...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How do you actually hike/ spend your time hiking?
February 14, 8:28am

re: comfortable packs
Good list, Andrew. The only thing not on it that comes to mind is some way to keep the contents of the pack stable.

In Make Your Own Gear » What makes a pack comfortable?
February 14, 8:22am

fast shoes
Nice work, and nice write up. I'm slowly working on a much improved v2 of mine. No rush, as I won't need them until May.

In Make Your Own Gear » Ski Bindings for Hiking Boots
February 13, 5:57pm

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