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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

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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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the story of the pack
Thanks for your interest Kyle. Between that and the fact that a surprisingly large number of hits to my blog come from this thread, I thought I'd post an update. The pack has gotten a lot of ...

In Make Your Own Gear » A very not light pack.
August 17, 6:25pm

capilene funk
Capilene (or any synthetic baselayer I've ever used) definitely stinks, though the newer stuff is better than the old. It doesn't bother me, but some folks find it troubling.

In GEAR » Replacing some gear with UL stuff: top layers and sleeping bag
August 17, 1:39pm

base layers
I really like Capilene, especially cap 2. Wool is nice, especially in winter, but the cost and exponentially less durability make it hard to buy again.

In GEAR » Replacing some gear with UL stuff: top layers and sleeping bag
August 17, 10:37am

new gear!
MT, for the sleeping bag I'd look at the Reitveld article on three season down bags that came out earlier this year. You have many good options. Western Mountaineering is the best, and a grea...

In GEAR » Replacing some gear with UL stuff: top layers and sleeping bag
August 17, 8:33am

Send up of the Tenkara Amago (and Tenkara in general)
I just got off the South Fork of the Flathead, and besides being able to report that the fishing is justifiably fabled, I think I've finally got a handle on Tenkara and how it works for me. ...

In Fishing » Send up of the Tenkara Amago (and Tenkara in general)
August 16, 8:23pm

re: high mileage JMT
With good fitness and tough feet (by which I mean very well conditioned feet) that'd be a very reasonable schedule. Between the steep descents, rocks, and hard hard dirt the JMT is tough on th...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » High Mileage JMT
August 16, 8:04pm

speed
Tom, those figures are for straight up vertical gain, linear distance not taken into account. Though it'd be interesting to study the grade at which vertical gain speed can be optimized. St...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How fast do you hike?
August 16, 8:02pm

speed
Just realized I have another way of measuring speed, courtesy of my Sunnto watch: meters/minute gain. 8 m/min: steady movin' 11 m/min: truckin' along 13 m/min: now we're going quic...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How fast do you hike?
August 16, 5:28pm

trip report
"We had a great time, and a trip report will be coming soon! (Its quite long, but a good read, I think!)" Looking forward to it!

In GEAR » Making the switch from Exos to Talon packs. Comfort?
August 16, 3:30pm

speed
So many variables. Perhaps best to cite specific cases. Last summer in GNP I did 28 miles in 7 hours, with an 8 lb pack on good trails with around 5k each gain and loss. The following day I di...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How fast do you hike?
August 16, 2:16pm

All Reader Reviews by David Chenault

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STARBUCKS VIA Italian Roast
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