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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

My Locale Crown of the Continent
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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altitude
James, the roost and escalante are a bit lower in altitude than the Cedar Mesa complex. I'd be surprised if you found much snow in March. Tom's site focuses on technical stuff. There a...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Tonto NF in AZ- any tips?
March 05, 9:28pm

so-central Utah
One word: Escalante. Two words: Robbers Roost.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Tonto NF in AZ- any tips?
March 05, 7:26am

weight?
Racks break (yes, even steel) and are heavy. Trailors encourage you to carry waaaay too much stuff. Apparently the gospel only carries so far. For a summer tour, the OP ought to be able to m...

In GEAR » Ultralight bike tour
March 05, 7:23am

More 24s!!
We need more 24 hour trips around here. I'll try to pull one over the weekend.

In Post-Trip Reports » 24: White Ranch
March 04, 9:38pm

NB v. Sportiva
I've never owned Innov8s. The MT100s seem to run a bit smaller than LaSportiva, I have 45.5 100s, and 45 Fireblades. The toebox is generous, the rest of the shoe is mid-width (in my opinion...

In Philosophy & Technique » Minimal hiking shoes
March 04, 4:23pm

warmth for weight
Edit: BEST warmth gained on a cold night is a snickers eaten right before bed. I think the most warmth for weight can be had in a sleeping bag with a really good hood and draft collar, like that...

In GEAR » The Big Four for cold sleepers
March 04, 3:31pm

info for bikes
Look at: bikepacking.net epicdesignsalaska.com

In GEAR » Ultralight bike tour
March 04, 1:52pm

real BC skiing
I define backcountry skiing as being more concerned with going nifty places than what you do along the way (ie the quality of the turns is not primary, and often is really bad). The winter version...

In Winter Hiking » Backcountry/Tele Skiing
March 04, 10:11am

articles
The articles are worth the price of entry.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Why Should a Person Become a Member of BPL?
March 04, 9:43am

"cold"
Jo, you sound like you used to live in Phoenix! Cold isn't something to be trifled with, but you also live in Georgia! Given your level of paranoia, it seems to me highly unlikely that you&...

In GEAR » Winter Clothing Question
March 04, 9:40am

All Reader Reviews by David Chenault

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STARBUCKS VIA Italian Roast
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