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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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The conventional, non-eVent packa does not breath. It's baggy and has better venting than a jacket, but not as good as a poncho. For me it's way too hot and clammy, but others obviously f...

In GEAR » Rain Jacket Decision Help
June 15, 2:26pm

AMWC list
I plan to catch some naps during the race, as needed during the day and around the fire at night. Heatsheets bivy works to keep rain and wind off, heat in, and if it melts a bit I don't care. ...

In Gear Lists » Alaska Mountain Wilderness Classic 2011 Gear List
June 15, 2:22pm

Alaska Mountain Wilderness Classic 2011 Gear List
In the profile. First draft of what I plan to race with this summer. For the uninitiated, this is the same race and course that Skurka wrote about here:

In Gear Lists » Alaska Mountain Wilderness Classic 2011 Gear List
June 15, 10:38am

rigid SS
That Karate Monkey has been such a good bike. Works for everything and gets ridden loads more than my $$ full suspension.

In Post-Trip Reports » Flattop Mtn - Waterton River - Browns Pass (GNP)
June 14, 9:50pm

re: old school UL
FKNA Craig. Awesome idea.

In Post-Trip Reports » Old-School Ultralight: East Fork San Gabriel River, 6/11
June 14, 8:03pm

Flattop Mtn - Waterton River - Browns Pass (GNP)
Snowy overnight in GNP this past weekend. Lots of pics:

In Post-Trip Reports » Flattop Mtn - Waterton River - Browns Pass (GNP)
June 14, 3:55pm

re: Sycamore canyon
Sycamore Canyon is pretty excellent. A real hidden gem. If you're adventurous, going in warm weather and have a shuttle, hiking Oak from the top is even more excellent.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Trip planning help eastern us or near Sedona
June 14, 12:29pm

Three south rim options in ascending order of difficulty: For those in casual backpacking shape: -Main corridor, something like what Eric suggested above. Getting campground space in mid-Sept ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Grand Canyon backpacking route (4 days, 3 nights) - would love suggestions!
June 14, 12:27pm

re: snow
In the rockies mid-September is indeed a total crapshoot. The weather can be absolutely gorgeous/totally perfect/best of the year hiking weather or it can be quite awful. Of Glacier, Yellowstone,...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Another trip ideas thread: Western US 5-7 days in September
June 14, 12:17pm

Bushbuddy virtues
The bushbuddy is a pretty amazing fuel miser compared to the hobo stoves I've made. It also burns more completed, burns faster and hotter, and is way less smoky. I had similar doubts about ...

In GEAR » Why should I spend the cash for a BushBuddy?
June 14, 7:56am

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