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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

My Locale Crown of the Continent
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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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

Still available.

In Gear Swap » FS: Sea to Summit UltraSil Poncho/Tarp
August 04, 10:03am

PM sent back.

In Gear Swap » FS: Sea to Summit UltraSil Poncho/Tarp
August 03, 9:39am

If your pack is small you can't beat a white straw Stetson.

In GEAR » Best backpacking hat?
August 03, 9:38am

The Z man is killin it!

In Make Your Own Gear » Zimmerbuilt packs for my PCT thru hike!
August 03, 9:34am

FS: Sea to Summit UltraSil Poncho/Tarp
Blue UltraSil poncho/tarp. On the burly side as far as p/ts go. Factory taped seams, 3D hood, etc. In very good shape. $45 shipped within the 49 states (sorry HI). Private paypal only. Send...

In Gear Swap » FS: Sea to Summit UltraSil Poncho/Tarp
August 03, 7:55am

The sole pictured is not the Crosslite tread, but the Skylite. FWIW, I put holes in the outside toe of my Crosslites in ~50 miles. The mesh on the new X Country looks much better.

In Editor's Roundtable » Minimalist Footwear for Fall/Spring Backpacking
August 02, 1:58pm

re: GNP
Had a ribeye at the Cattle Baron last night. Good local colour. The bear in the close ups is definitely a Griz.

In Post-Trip Reports » GNP Long Overdue!
July 31, 7:33pm

Bump. I'm more interested in any account of image quality. I want a waterproof S90 and this looks about as close as is currently available.

In Photography » Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3
July 29, 11:24am

Sale pending to Kevin.

In Gear Swap » FS: Packa
July 28, 9:15am

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