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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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Backpacking on the Moon
Craters of the Moon National Monument, that is.

In Post-Trip Reports » Backpacking on the Moon
April 18, 8:14am

Colorado water
Just skip the first step and you'll be good to go. During dam releases without rain storms (ie fairly clear water) I'd just dip a bottle, use chemicals, and drink, but I have a high to...

In Philosophy & Technique » My plan for drinking the Colorado River- suggestions?
April 13, 8:10am

11 years old on the PCT
I'm very glad BPL did an article on this. Awesome to hear. Best of luck on the trail!

In Editor's Roundtable » Eleven Years Old on the PCT
April 12, 6:40pm

running packs
Ryan, look closer: you're thinking of a different pack. Chris, sounds pretty good. I wonder what the weight limit is on the load carried by a truly stable running pack. (If any.) I love m...

In GEAR » First Impressions: TrailLite Designs Single Track pack
April 12, 1:09pm

running packs
Nice review Eugene. Looks a bit warm down there. I've never had a pack other than the Nathan HPL 020 that I found at all tolerable for running. I'm interested to here thoughts from tho...

In GEAR » First Impressions: TrailLite Designs Single Track pack
April 11, 7:04pm

re: CDT skills
Thanks Kathy! Very happy to inspire, that's the highest aim. I don't think that places like Yellowstone and especially Glacier are out many people's reach, skill wise (at least in J...

In Editor's Roundtable » A Country Divided: The Continental Divide Trail
April 11, 2:50pm

Go to Bryce and hike the whole Under-the-Rim loop instead. Hike Zion for a day and do Angels Landing on the way to or from.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Another Zion Hike Recontamination Post. 7 Days, is it possible? (Late May)
April 11, 2:47pm

lions and bears, oh my
I don't worry about lions. If I were 5'0", I'd worry more. Even if one does decide I'm small enough to eat it'll probably get the drop and me and kill me before I know wh...

In Editor's Roundtable » 7 Myths about the Continental Divide Trail
April 10, 9:29am

simple poncho tarp
I haven't used mine as rain gear yet. It comes with an elastic waist cord to keep things ruly.

In GEAR » MLD simple poncho/tarp as rainwear?
April 10, 5:17am

Carbon fiber lids!
In the goofy but cool department... Ti Goat is now making carbon lids for pots. Expensive, stupid light. My question is, how will they react to heat and more particularly, fire? Can carbon su...

In GEAR » Carbon fiber lids!
April 09, 10:26am

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