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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.

I have given up on PMs due to their tendency to encourage poorly considered inquiries. Please contact me through my website. I enjoy pack construction and trip planning questions in particular.
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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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GNP conditions
An impressive number of folks have PM'd me lately, so I thought I'd put up what I know. With our records snow year and late summer the BC office in Glacier has spent all summer redirecting...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » GNP conditions
August 15, 10:07am

re: CO trail
Great report, thanks for putting it together.

In Post-Trip Reports » 2011 Colorado Trail Solo Thru-hike
August 15, 9:58am

narrow shoes
Anything from Inov8 built on their performance last. The Crosslite/leather/X Country series from Sportiva.

In GEAR » Looking for (narrow) alternatives to Saucony Xodus 2 or La Sportiva Raptor
August 12, 7:59am

non-breathable jackets
Cool news about the cuben packa. The original is impressive, but heavy (though it's also burly). Some folks can get away with non-breathable jackets and pants. I can't. During testing...

In GEAR » Rain Jacket-- No Price Limit?
August 10, 7:31am

small shoes, big miles
"Once again, is this “doable” with minimalist or barefoot shoes?" Yes, with the sort of mindful transition mentioned above. IMO the speed of that transition depends a lot on indiv...

In Editor's Roundtable » Minimalist Footwear for Fall/Spring Backpacking
August 08, 12:04pm

FS: Sea to Summit UltraSil Poncho/Tarp
Blue w/ black trim. 2 panel hood. Factory seam taped. Lightly used, in virtually new condition. Does not include guylines. $40 shipped in the 49 states only (no HI). Private paypal payment ...

In Gear Swap » FS: Sea to Summit UltraSil Poncho/Tarp
August 08, 11:57am

sub 8 oz rain coat
I'm working on a SOTMR on sub 8 oz rain coats. Unfortunately it's being delayed by the late arrival of one coat. The articles might appear by the end of the year, hopefully sooner. IMO...

In GEAR » Rain Jacket-- No Price Limit?
August 08, 8:10am

re:re: August in GNP
Get rid of the trowel, all sites will have a toilet (usually a seat on a hole in the woods, but sometimes with a roof and walls). 50 Mountain is no doubt snowy, but is not steep enough to requir...

In Gear Lists » 5 days in Glacier National Park (1st gear list. Need to cut weight.)
August 06, 8:09am

light shoes
Two separate and not necessarily related questions: Are your feet strong enough for the shoe/terrain pairing? Will the uppers hold up? I've found the later to be a bigger issue than th...

In GEAR » Shoes: How light is too light?
August 05, 8:54pm

August in GNP
Angelo, have you checked your route for current snow hazards? A few of the highest areas still have snowfields where crampons and an axe are a good idea (I used them on the E side of Gunsight Pass...

In Gear Lists » 5 days in Glacier National Park (1st gear list. Need to cut weight.)
August 05, 8:50pm

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