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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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re: floor
When I camp in winter I use a pyramid shelter, with neither a ground cloth nor bivy. If it's below 0 there usually isn't much humidity.

In Winter Hiking » which floor with a tarp ?
October 03, 10:34am

stake material
Eric, I'd suggest that in the interest of productive discussion you resist pontification and excessive opinion-slinging. Your comments re ti and aluminum stakes seem to actually concern th...

In GEAR » tent stakes/pegs
October 02, 9:55am

"Personally I say bugger all if you have good core strength" I agree with Dan. Easier to buy a new pack, rather than get fit to carry the old one. "Why not test v. an Aarn.&...

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Internal Frame Packs: a State of the Market Report - Part 2: The Packs
October 01, 10:28pm

Laminate fabrics have no place in true winter conditions (ie no chance of rain).

In GEAR » Hardshells: 3-season, 4-season, etc.
September 28, 9:39pm

ULA Epic
Finally details of one in the flesh! Thanks.

In GEAR » ULA epic - posted
September 27, 11:58am

McHale observations
Nick, thanks for taking the time to write this all down. I've never given the McHale site much time because it's so dense and hard to understand. Your words help that a great deal. L...

In GEAR » McHale Packs -- Observations & Comments
September 27, 11:56am

MYOG pack
Nice work!

In Make Your Own Gear » MYOG Prettylight pack: Success
September 27, 9:44am

winter clothing
Those conditions (nights to 0F, days to 40) are typical late fall weather here in Montana. This is what I'd bring for such a trip. Patagonia Wool 2 t-shirt Patagonia R 1/2 hoody Patagonia...

In GEAR » WInter Clothing System
September 26, 9:06am

used skis
Buy new boots, but used skis. Ski swap season will soon be upon us, and is a great place for deals if you do research beforehand so you know what to look for.

In GEAR » Advice wanted on X-Country Skis?
September 24, 5:41pm

Autumn in Glacier NP
Snuck away and did a hiking and packrafting loop in the far NW corner of the park. Video summary: http://vimeo.com/15259573 The colors and scenery were superlative. The cold damp weather a...

In Post-Trip Reports » Autumn in Glacier NP
September 24, 3:16pm

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