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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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Rock on Chris! Beautiful.

In Post-Trip Reports » Trip Report Index
May 10, 9:20am

First, I really like my Trailstar. Easy to use, versitile, and fun! It can be pitched so many ways. Second, given that the OP is looking for a lunch shelter, I'd get the TS. A high pitch ...

In GEAR » MLD Duomid or Trailstar
May 10, 9:16am

quilt v. vest
Making a quilt would (imo) be much easier than the vest kit.

In Make Your Own Gear » thru hiker quilt
May 09, 3:02pm

re: stream crossings and packs
"I would try this in a swimming pool first. I do not believe you will be able to "submerge" a snug pack to "stay on top"." Greg, I've used this system many time...

In Philosophy & Technique » Fast Water Solo Stream Crossings - Looking for Best Practice Solo Method/Techniques
May 09, 10:48am

re: fast, solo, stream crossings
With lighter packs and dry bags, I think that keeping the pack snug and the dry bags puffed up with lots of air is the way to go. If you dump, roll over onto your back with feet downstream. The p...

In Philosophy & Technique » Fast Water Solo Stream Crossings - Looking for Best Practice Solo Method/Techniques
May 09, 9:49am

Ben, surveymonkey.com is a great, easy tool. 10 questions or less and it's free. Option D seems very feasible. Large enough in scope to mean something, small enough to get specific results...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Looking for a correlation
May 09, 12:12am

re: climbing pack
The Black Diamond Bullet is perfect for this application. Just big enough, and tough enough to wear or haul up chimneys and offwidths. My 2003 vintage Bullet is still a fav.

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » Climbing pack
May 08, 12:42pm

secondary analysis
"Now, now David... Are you suggesting that the man steal his data rather than conduct a small survey of his own?... If so... Tisk, tisk." Steal, no. Using a pre-existing data set with...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Looking for a correlation
May 08, 12:36pm

road v. trail
"Can you clarify regarding your statement about the experiential differences between elite road runners and trail runners? Are your referring to machined pavement vs. trail? I'm not sure w...

In Other Activities » "Elite Runners Wear Shoes"
May 07, 10:41pm

You will not need it. It seems conceivable that you might get a few evening bugs at camps like Phantom or Cottonwood (lots of slow water around), but nothing approaching what I'd say requires ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Bug spray in Grand Canyon?
May 07, 10:30pm

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