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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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Well done Luc, super insightful and inspiring. FYI (for those that haven't done it), racing often means you see things better than you ever thought possible. Fast =/= hasty. Edit police: ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Fast and Light Winter Travel
March 15, 2:44pm

re: WOW
Eric, that is funny because it could not be further from the truth. I pay the Montana tax of making 20-30% less than I could somewhere else. And social work isn't exactly reknown as a well pa...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Ready for the season to start.
March 13, 9:23pm

more revisions
I highly doubt you'll want rain pants; leave 'em. I'd highly recommend some NRS Hydroskin socks, and some shoes that will drain better and dry faster. Even some simple running shoes...

In Gear Lists » Gear List for Hackberry - Paria Utah Loop, March 21st
March 13, 10:57am

hiking season
It is still emphatically ski season around here, won't really be hiking season until late May. I do have big plans for this year, though. My wife and I want to do a trip in Craters of the M...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Ready for the season to start.
March 13, 10:48am

Hayduke to CT
Take the Paradox Trail (mainly a mountain bike route) from the La Sals to the Tabeguache Trail north of Naturita. Take the Tab south, then improv a bit to get down into the Sneffels region. Hike ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Colorado Trail to Hayduke???
March 10, 7:28pm

GC planning
For a winter trip I'd be ok with a 30 degree bag (if the rating is accurate) and a medium insulating jacket (long nights) if I was camping down in the canyon (Tonto or lower). I'd want mor...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Hiking the Grand Canyon?
March 10, 7:46am

fast hiking
I enjoy walking steadily all day, both the challenges and kinesthetics. It also lets me do trips in a weekend that wouldn't be possible otherwise (without using vacations days, etc). On the...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Why so fast?
March 09, 3:22pm

re: hiking the GC
- What is the average time needed to apply for a permit? Depends on when you go and what you want. The CGs in the main corridor fill up, totally, during the busy season of March-October. Do i...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Hiking the Grand Canyon?
March 09, 3:19pm

If Darth Vadar hiked SUL, he'd carry that pack.

In GEAR » TrailLite Designs - Bandoleer Pack
March 09, 8:06am

re: buckles on boots
It could certainly work, and a good alpine shop could do it. The main problem I see would be the likelihood of climbing flipping the buckles open, more likely than when skiing IMO.

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » Ski buckles for mountaineering boots
March 08, 3:43pm

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