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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

My Locale Crown of the Continent
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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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overnight philosophy
I use the extended dayhike approach for mid-week sub-24 quick backpacks, where planning just takes time away from sneaking out of work. If it's a weekend overnighter I'm more likely to...

In Philosophy & Technique » 1-2 Night Trip: Extended Day Hike, or Shortened Week-long?
September 15, 7:51am

snow flaps
I was thinking about adding snow flaps to mid type shelters the other day. Seems like done right they could also serve as a bug shield a la netting skirts. I am indeed braced for the wait. Don...

In GEAR » Solomid with one pole?
September 15, 7:44am

re: guidelines for griz country
Thanks for the input everyone. I think a discussion of the choices people make in bear country and why is very valuable. When I pitched the article I had in mind a more traditional, what to d...

In Editor's Roundtable » Guidelines for Grizzly Country
September 14, 6:41pm

shoe durability
EVA does have a fairly short life, but it sounds like something else is going on. Did you rinse the mud-grit out of your shoes after most uses? I've had shoes that got so impregnated with san...

In GEAR » trail runner durability?
September 14, 6:28pm

one pole!
Those pics answer my question definitively. Solomid it is. Thanks so much!

In GEAR » Solomid with one pole?
September 14, 6:24pm

FS; Montbell Breeze-Tec bivy

In Gear Swap » FS; Montbell Breeze-Tec bivy
September 14, 8:14am

Good catch on the spelling mistake Dean. As for the lack of specific recommendations, that is the point, largely. I run into too many folks around here (Glacier NP, the Bob) who read a websit...

In Editor's Roundtable » Guidelines for Grizzly Country
September 14, 8:10am

wet tents
That is a good idea Jeff. Too bad my postal scale has a cord/plug on it. I'd appreciate any thoughts you have after playing with a one pole pitch.

In GEAR » Solomid with one pole?
September 14, 7:33am

re: duomid
I'd be concerned that the Duomid would be too close to my Shangrila 2, which is my 2 person shelter. Want this new one to be solo-only and dead light.

In GEAR » Solomid with one pole?
September 13, 8:02pm

The Duomid may well be worth it. Especially with the extra tieouts, as it will be getting snowed on. I'm very skeptical of Bearpaw. The details photos on the site make the construction loo...

In GEAR » Solomid with one pole?
September 13, 7:12pm

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