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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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re: northern loop
Scott, I think some of the outfitters/raft companies do shuttles up to Bowman and Kintla. Probably pretty pricey. If you've got a permit for the northern circle, I'd stick with that. Y...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Glacier National Park
May 03, 12:48pm

elk hair
Tad, usually tan, though I doubt it matter too much.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Planning a trip out west and needing some help
May 03, 7:50am

My wife is rather bearanoid as well. Nothing you can do in the end, though there is plenty of research (Interagency Grizzly Team) that says spray is more likely to be effective than a gun. In e...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Planning a trip out west and needing some help
May 02, 4:15pm

re: Bob trip
Sounds like the beginnings of a good trip. I've never been up Silvertip myself, but that's a beautiful area and you'd be sure to see great stuff from the top. "Normal" Bob...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Planning a trip out west and needing some help
May 02, 1:58pm

TS dimensions
Just sauntered to the basement while coffee brews. Stretched tight the panels are indeed 7', and are indeed equilateral triangles. Bear in mind that the edges are cat cut. I've hand ...

In GEAR » MLD Trailstar Question
April 28, 7:24am

Quite digestable for something like me with minimal hard science background. I look forward to the empirical findings.

In Editor's Roundtable » Apparatus for Testing Thermal Insulation Properties
April 26, 5:25pm

expert orienteering
Good idea Ted, and thanks for the book recs, though I am looking for something (be it book or otherwise) beyond Bjorn's work (which I read as a Boy Scout).

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Expert sources on orienteering?
April 26, 5:12pm

Expert sources on orienteering?
I'm pretty good at navigating off trail with a map and compass already, can plot points and take and follow bearings with reasonable accuracy, and like many folks who have learned by doing am b...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Expert sources on orienteering?
April 26, 8:53am

load lifters on frameless packs
"If you fill up a frameless pack, it is generally a cylinder." Nick, while I think that this is most often the case, it need not be so. A frameless pack can be packed to not be a cyl...

In GEAR » Load lifters on frameless packs?
April 26, 8:32am

Prolite XS

In Gear Swap » WTB: Thermarest Prolite XS
April 25, 7:29am

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