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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.

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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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FS: MLD Simple Sil Poncho/tarp
Bought over the winter, used less than 10 times. Size large, stealth olive brown. Seam sealed. Includes factory stuff sack, but not guylines. In excellent condition. $55 shipped in CONUS. P...

In Gear Swap » FS: MLD Simple Sil Poncho/tarp
June 08, 6:05pm

adventure race pack
Chad, finding a pack in this category that will fit a big guy won't be simple. Most come in one size, and I've found many of them (including the aforementioned Lowe pack, the Lightflite 25...

In GEAR » UL adventure / race pack
June 08, 5:14pm

west in mid-Sept
Jim, Grand Canyon is nice, if a bit hot, that time of year. The AZT from Flag north is a mixed bag; the first ~20 miles around the peaks are very nice singletrack in pines and aspens, after tha...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Another trip ideas thread: Western US 5-7 days in September
June 08, 11:47am

re: tornado closure
The velcro and weird little shock cord and hook things allow for three levels of openness. Quite enough, really.

In GEAR » I need a good rain jacket
June 08, 6:50am

tornado closure
Hard to describe. You get 1/2" of velcro on each side, a 180 turn, a 1 1/2" of fabric then the split with each side going its separate way. Like a dry bag. It is at least as weatherpro...

In GEAR » I need a good rain jacket
June 07, 9:54pm

Montane Spektr
I'm testing a Spektr, and have been able to get it out in some rather unpleasent mixed snow/rain, as well as packrafting in the rain. It's super bomber for such a light shell. I'm...

In GEAR » I need a good rain jacket
June 07, 8:05pm

re: Gear
I want a pony.

In Gear Swap » Backpacking Light Used Gear Sale
June 07, 10:20am

All me.

In Gear Swap » Backpacking Light Used Gear Sale
June 06, 12:58pm

Item #1
That photo is marketing genius. You sneaky little weasels. Let the frenzy begin!

In Gear Swap » Backpacking Light Used Gear Sale
June 06, 12:41pm

conditions update
Went and skied Swiftcurrent Mtn yesterday. Snowline is surprisingly high on the slope up to Granite Park Chalet (around 5k), but there is a lot of snow above that. The 1+ story bunkhouses behind ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Where to go in Montana/Wyoming?
June 06, 7:58am

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