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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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Another MYOG pack
The main inspiration for this project was the ULA Conduit/CDT, though elements from the Osprey Talon series and the REI Flash series made their way in. Straps and belt are from a Talon 1...

In Make Your Own Gear » Another MYOG pack
July 27, 10:24pm

Ben, my Chacos are my around town shoes until the snow flies. Great for warm weather boating and fly fishing, too. Not sure about the terminology, but I'd get the vibram/more aggressive t...

In GEAR » Chaco sandals?
July 27, 8:53pm

I agree with Roger that flash floods may be more consequential than lightning, though plenty of people get killed by lightning, and seeing a flood in the wild (from a safe distance) is a really coo...

In Philosophy & Technique » Trip Planning and Thunderstorms
July 27, 8:48pm

Ben, The straps are one continuous strap, they run freely through slots between the footbed and sole. They're heavy, but very durable and comfy. My current pair has seen untold daily use s...

In GEAR » Chaco sandals?
July 27, 8:26pm

Tarptent test
Given the popularity of tarptents, this test/review is obviously timely, and the article contains plenty of good data. However, and especially relative to the norm for reviews here, I found that d...

In Editor's Roundtable » Performance Appraisal of the Tarptent Moment
July 27, 1:58pm

With my TiWing stove, trappers mug, lid, and tight windscreen I typically get 2 ~10 oz full boils per esbit tab.

In GEAR » Esbit Stoves
July 27, 12:09am

in all seriousness
Chase, take a look at the Happy Hooker, made by Imlay Canyon Gear. Might suit your needs here.

In GEAR » Grappling Hooks
July 26, 10:17pm

30 m ropes
The 30 meter (most seem to be 38 meters or so) 7.8 mm ropes are sold for glacier travel.

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » Twin rope uses
July 26, 6:16pm

grappling hooks
I use mine to skip switchbacks on the way up and down. Mine are hand forged by a local guy out of Unobtanium alloy.

In GEAR » Grappling Hooks
July 26, 11:42am

re: UL rulz
Carrying a heavy pack is just no fun. Having less stuff means you can: -go faster/further -be more leisurely/relaxed -have less stuff to fiddle with -carry more "other" stuff (ca...

In GEAR » Holy Crap! UL Backpacking is Great
July 21, 11:34pm

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