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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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re: backpacking
My parents met working in an outdoor store. I think I went backpacking for the first time when I was 3, but it might have been 2. I don't think it counts as a transformation, but backpacking ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Did backpacking transform you?
June 18, 4:25pm

griz safety
Bear spray is the first thing. It has a pretty good track record in stopping the rare attacks, provided the user is calm enough to aim at <30 feet. Second is knowing bear behavior. Where th...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Where to go at bridger-teton NF?
June 18, 4:05pm

re: padding
Padding, natural and otherwise. I consider myself fairly lean (read: bony hips), and am a dedicated side sleeper. Last summer I was foolish enough to take only a section of 1/8" Thinlight on...

In GEAR » Sleeping Pad Failure - Part 2 - What Now?
June 17, 11:08pm

re: August
The Maroon Bells should be lovely in early August. Crowded (by Montana standards), but lovely. There's more good summer hiking in SW Colorado than you can shake a stick at. The Weminuche, et...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Road Trip. Colorado/Utah
June 17, 12:52pm

re: road trip
Time of year?

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Road Trip. Colorado/Utah
June 15, 4:51pm

re: REI
I do not begrudge REI their marketing. I shop there and will continue to do so. What I find annoying generally about these sorts of articles are the statements that to be comfortable in camp ...

In GEAR » Backpacking Light @ REI = LOL
June 15, 12:54pm

re: teton forest
Joe, Tons of possibilities. Hiking in the Tetons is probably the tamest option. Trails and junctions almost always well marked, lots of people, etc. Permits can be an issue. The Teton Wilder...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Where to go at bridger-teton NF?
June 14, 6:09pm

re: water
Do lots of homework. Know where the definitive water sources are, then carry what you need. In the Grand Canyon I routinely carried six liters. Having a light pack is rather nice here, not onl...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Desert hiking
June 13, 7:09am

re: Heat
Awesome trip and TR, as always. I can't say I miss the summer heat of Arizona, but the sky island ranges really are something special.

In Post-Trip Reports » Can't Stand the Heat? Run to the Hills!
June 12, 1:19pm

re: no car
Eugene's suggestion of NM is a good one. Hitching is easier around there. The Durango area is another good idea, and would have spectacular terrain and ideal conditions in late August. Yel...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » where in the US should I go backpacking?
June 12, 1:09pm

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