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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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re: ski package
Theron, I think that package is a good place to start. I'd get the 3 pin option, as that boot/binding are more durable/reliable (NNN toe bars pull out) and will give a bit more control. You...

In Winter Hiking » BC touring ski setup for the Sierras...
January 05, 11:16pm

re: waxless
"Do you guys think it's worth going waxless for the extra convenience and lower maintenance requirements if you're pretty recreational and don't mind plugging along at a bit of a s...

In GEAR » Ski Advice
January 05, 11:08pm

re: follow up
Not sure if the highway "ends" at Flagg or goes up to the south entrance of Yellowstone. Should be decently plowed either way. Ditto the road to Taggart Lake in the park.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Snowshoeing in the Tetons
January 03, 10:08pm

re: May 2011
Some of the higher desert areas stand out. High enough to not be super hot, low enough to be snow-free. For instance: The Royal Arch route in the Grand Canyon. -this might be too technical an...

In Post-Trip Reports » Trip Suggestions for May 2011
January 03, 6:03pm

A piece of duct tape on the outside. A fat dollop of seam grip on the inside. Let the seam grip dry completely, tear off duct tape. Done.

In GEAR » best method for patching gaiters
January 03, 3:01pm

hiking zion
In April there will likely be snow up high. Depends on the year. It most cases a determined hiker will probably be able to make it through, even if the rangers try to discourage you. For goo...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Zion in April
January 03, 3:00pm

re: teton snowshoeing
Stephen, If you enter the park via the "normal" entrance at Moose you'll head north and soon come to the end of the plowed road. The foothills just west and north of that parking ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Snowshoeing in the Tetons
January 03, 2:55pm

re: wasteland
FKNA. That first pic looks like the beginning of the end. I miss the desert (powder skiing today makes up for it).

In Post-Trip Reports » Desert Wasteland? - White Mountain Wilderness, NM, Three Rivers Canyon Trail, 12/30-12/31/10
January 02, 7:51pm

still the best BPL TR
Here's Bowman Lake at 830 on 12/31/10. About -15F.

In Post-Trip Reports » Glacier NP Trip + Engagement!!!!
January 02, 8:48am

It sounds like a turbo version of parts of Arizona's Mogollan Rim, or (less so) some of the rare Southern Utah slots with enough ground water to create in canyon jungles. Places where even...

In Editor's Roundtable » 2010 Backpacking Light Staff Picks
December 30, 7:25am

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