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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

My Locale Crown of the Continent
About Me Social worker. Endurance mountain bike racer, ultra-hiker, packrafter, BC skier, un-serious climber and canyoneer.

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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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Good news!
Glad you're feeling better. Now you have a better idea of what trouble looks/feels like, and keep out of it. I'm highly recommend investing in a foam roller. Essential self-massage too...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Training for a speed hike.
May 29, 10:23pm

down v. primaloft
Will, It really depends on what you'll be using the jacket for. The down is warmer and more compressible. Down is also more fragile. I exchanged a Patagonia down pullover for a DAS parka ...

In GEAR » down or primaloft: better value?
May 29, 6:18pm

I bumped the MT100 thread up with some new thoughts on mine. They're a great shoe with two features that could potentially be big drawbacks for some users. In most respects they're also t...

In GEAR » Minimalist Footwear Recommendations for Hiking
May 29, 6:15pm

more info
After putting a couple hundred miles on mine, including a few actual backpacking trips, here are my thoughts: -I got a hole towards the heal on the inside of the left shoe after the Thorofare tr...

In GEAR » NB MT100
May 29, 6:13pm

Bedrock and Paradox is me. Thanks for the endorsement Trevor! I have a big list of blogs on my sidebar. Most are friends, and most are mountain bike oriented, but some are more hiking/adventur...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » other hiking and backpacking forums
May 29, 4:26pm

A female friend who is 5'10" and about 120 has been outfitting herself for a sailing trip this summer, and found Marmot to fit her well.

In GEAR » women's shell for slim and tall? (5'11")
May 28, 12:07am

strength in numbers
In the Yellowstone are there has I believe never been a bear incident with a group of four or more. I'd be inclined to bring three cans and share strategically. If someone wanders off alone a...

In GEAR » Bear Spray - How much to bring in a group?
May 27, 3:40pm

Great trip, great write up. I think that the extent to which wilderness trips often push our personal limits/boundaries is not paid enough attention to, and I appreciate your insight into your tho...

In Editor's Roundtable » Skiing the John Muir Trail
May 26, 6:35pm

re: gear
I'm a huge fan of the Trailstar. At the lake camp the winds where steady at 20 mph, and after dark started gusting to 35 or so easily. The TS was rock solid the whole time, and remarkably lit...

In Post-Trip Reports » May in the Thorofare
May 23, 12:04pm

May in the Thorofare
Here's the obligatory video: http://vimeo.com/11957531 Moreso than normal, words fail here. This was a powerful experience. Warm conditions made the skiing gnar factor pretty high, and t...

In Post-Trip Reports » May in the Thorofare
May 23, 8:38am

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