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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: cheap
I'd second Tim's advice on a tarp and synthetic quilt. Cheap, easyish, simple, durable. Buy a 48" Ridgerest. Make a cat can alcohol stove. Wear fleece insulation, and don't bri...

In Make Your Own Gear » Where to start?
April 27, 8:27am

Nate, I've used a 1/8" Thinlight as my sole pad on a few summer trips. I am a side sleeper exclusively. One night, on a hard dirt site (Glacier NP w/ designated sites) I had to fold up m...

In GEAR » GG Thinlight pads
April 26, 9:17pm

Anyone with feedback as to snow levels and especially river crossings (along the Thorofare) would be appreciated. I may be able to borrow an Alpacka for this. That being the case, I may snows...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » GYE Traverse
April 25, 1:03pm

re: solo cooking
I use a Trapper's Mug and Ti Wing stove (or a small fire).

In GEAR » solo cooking help
April 25, 12:58pm

re: tools
A grid mat, a clear grid template, and a good rotary cutter are essential!

In Make Your Own Gear » summer quilt
April 22, 7:58am

re: quilt fabric
I think Pertex is worth it. The warmth and weather resistance makes a difference.

In Make Your Own Gear » Building a summer quilt
April 22, 7:57am

re: modded quilt
"You added a single layer of 5 oz XP? When you mention bartacking the insulation, was that just at the edges or did you periodically stablize it mid-panel? I was thinking of using the 2.5 oz X...

In Make Your Own Gear » Enhancing a Cocoon quilt
April 22, 7:54am

re: max mileage
On the hikes where I've gone for big miles, sore and tired feet always seem to be the limiting factor (as opposed to daylight). Doing more than 30 in a day for consecutive days requires some w...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Max Daily Mileage and Why?
April 21, 8:45am

I've used this a bit now that things are warming up in Montana. It's good with a fleece hoody and standard base layers down to around 25. I had it into the mid teens with a DAS parka an...

In Make Your Own Gear » Enhancing a Cocoon quilt
April 20, 8:16pm

Re: skins pack
A very neat idea, well outside the box. I do find thinkering like this to be outside my tastes as far as function and longevity are concerned, but I'm psyched that people are doing it. (That ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Colin Ibbotson's 'Skins' pack
April 20, 8:04pm

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