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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

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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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Chris that's largely true. Mountain biking in general uses the upper body and core more, and singlespeeding much, much moreso, especially the core. It can be right up with ski touring if you ...

In Winter Hiking » Ski Touring: The Ultimate Workout!
May 18, 10:26am

Well written sir! From my view as a mental health professional, it is always good to see overall family health held up as not necessarily equal to financial abundance. More time outside and les...

In Editor's Roundtable » Field Notes of a Family Man: How to Nurture Your Family and Your Backpacking Obsession
May 18, 9:47am

Use drybags and either swim with your pack on, or take it off and use it as a kickboard.

In GEAR » Gear & swimming?
May 17, 12:16pm

ski touring substitute
Get a singlespeed mountain bike.

In Winter Hiking » Ski Touring: The Ultimate Workout!
May 17, 10:36am

summer in the USA
As an ex-resident, I can tell you to not bother with Moab in the summer. Hot. If I could live anywhere this summer I'd live a little closer to Glacier than I do right now. Glacier and the ...

In Chaff » if you had a summer to live anywhere in the USA...
May 17, 8:15am

no sleeping bag
2 years ago I got benighted by a thunderstorm (pined down by lightning at 8000') during a mountain bike ride, and spent the night in a Heatsheets bivy around a fire. Like you, I woke up cold e...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » breaking the 3 lb barrier- bushcraft style :)
May 16, 2:05pm

houdini soap
Ike, I'm not sure. Foggy recollection has it that normal, powdered detergent is preferred for cleaning EPIC, Woolite might not get all the oils out (which is what kills the DWR-effect in the f...

In GEAR » Caring for patagonia houdini windshirt
May 16, 1:56pm

re: XPAC Murmur/Burn
Very nice work! I like it. I've found VX-21 to not be as abrasion resistant as Gridstop, but it does pretty well, and more than makes up with its waterproofness.

In Make Your Own Gear » Xpac Murmur/Burn Hybrid Pack 14.7 oz.
May 16, 11:51am

Flathead RS trail
Thanks Gary. There's a great trail on an old road bed that goes from the horse stables near the West Glacier entrance station out to the North/Middle Fork confluence. There are some outstan...

In Post-Trip Reports » Big Mountain - Apgar Traverse
May 16, 11:32am

gear list
Hasty gear list: North Fork pack (new mods worked great) Synthetic quilt Prolite XS Golite poncho-tarp various dry bags Alpacka Yukon Yak Aquabound Shred (needs greater feathering option...

In Post-Trip Reports » Big Mountain - Apgar Traverse
May 16, 10:28am

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