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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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ditch the boots
I echo most of Mike's feedback, especially insofar as footwear is concerned. Changing shoes back and forth is such a hassle. With your shelter and sleeping bag I think the space blanket i...

In Gear Lists » Now for the hard part-moving below 10 lbs for 6 days in Yellowstone, August 20
March 17, 1:12pm

TLD Singletrack
Looks good Thom. I'm digging the big back pocket.

In GEAR » TrailLite Designs - SingleTrack
March 17, 6:22am

What Roman and Travis said.

In GEAR » Packrafters beware!!!
March 17, 6:20am

groomed tracks
Epochs are definitely too wide for groomed tracks. If you want to be able to do that, get some Glittertinds. They're one of the softest of the skinny metal edge skis, which means you'll b...

In Winter Hiking » Advice on new cross country/backcountry ski set up
March 16, 4:46pm

light BC ski gear
My thoughts: Madshus Epoch skis (in 165 or 175, depending on your height and weight) Voile Mountaineer bindings (w/ anti ice tape, no need for climbing wires) BD kicker skins (60mm width) Ros...

In Winter Hiking » Advice on new cross country/backcountry ski set up
March 16, 1:12pm

spray deck
Get it. While it does at least theoretically enhance the chance of entanglement, I think the actual increase in risk is minimal. I've flipped in my 2010 Yak plenty, and have no difficulty wet...

In Packrafting » Newbies and spray decks (safe?)
March 16, 7:15am

Well done Luc, super insightful and inspiring. FYI (for those that haven't done it), racing often means you see things better than you ever thought possible. Fast =/= hasty. Edit police: ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Fast and Light Winter Travel
March 15, 2:44pm

re: WOW
Eric, that is funny because it could not be further from the truth. I pay the Montana tax of making 20-30% less than I could somewhere else. And social work isn't exactly reknown as a well pa...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Ready for the season to start.
March 13, 9:23pm

more revisions
I highly doubt you'll want rain pants; leave 'em. I'd highly recommend some NRS Hydroskin socks, and some shoes that will drain better and dry faster. Even some simple running shoes...

In Gear Lists » Gear List for Hackberry - Paria Utah Loop, March 21st
March 13, 10:57am

hiking season
It is still emphatically ski season around here, won't really be hiking season until late May. I do have big plans for this year, though. My wife and I want to do a trip in Craters of the M...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Ready for the season to start.
March 13, 10:48am

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