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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

My Locale Crown of the Continent
About Me Social worker. Backcountry traveler and writer in my spare time.

I have given up on PMs due to their tendency to encourage poorly considered inquiries. Please contact me through my website. I enjoy pack construction and trip planning questions in particular.
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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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re: govt shutdown
Good thread, good discussion. If the shutdown occurs, I'll go "sneak" into Glacier as an act of protest (or something).

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Government shutdown - effects on thru-hikers?
April 08, 10:33am

All but the photo of Kevin were taken with a Canon S90 shooting jpeg. The shot of Kevin was with a $50 Insignia from Best Buy.

In Editor's Roundtable » A Country Divided: The Continental Divide Trail
April 07, 9:47pm

re: alt rainwear
Sea to Summit makes a poncho-tarp I had forgotten about. Anything else?

In GEAR » Alternative rainwear
April 07, 9:43pm

more impressions
The pack is getting more use, and the results are favorable. At first I tried to cinch the straps too tight. It carries very well with the adjustment strap opposite the shoulder strap cinched...

In GEAR » TrailLite Designs Bandoleer - First Impressions
April 07, 9:29pm

pad for frame
+3 on the ridgerest. Just enough structure, but still nice and flexible to contour to your back

In GEAR » Preferred Sleeping Pads for "Virtual Frame?"
April 07, 8:04pm

Alternative rainwear
Trying to assemble a master list. Requirements: -commercially available -functions as worn rain gear -not pants and jacket What I've got so far: -MLD poncho tarps of various kinds ...

In GEAR » Alternative rainwear
April 07, 3:19pm

It's always been BPC for me! I refuse to spend more than 200 bucks on a shelter (for instance). Reading about all the skin failures during the Elk doesn't exactly sell me on race skis...

In Editor's Roundtable » SIA Nordic Ski On-Snow Demo 2011: New Waxless Ski Technologies
April 07, 10:20am

re: Wow
Hey Anne! Our surnames make us somewhat conspicuous, eh? PM me if/when you're around, it'd be great to catch up. Nice job in the Arrowhead, btw.

In Editor's Roundtable » A Country Divided: The Continental Divide Trail
April 07, 10:15am

David W, those skis with 3 pins and the heavier plastic/leather boots sound good for what you have in mind. You might be able to find the Eons on sale right now, too.

In Winter Hiking » BC ski gear for rugged, mileage focused touring
April 07, 10:14am

light backcountry gear
There is no question that rando race gear is at the cutting edge, especially w/r/t weight (and boot tech). What is less obvious to me is the extent to which it applies well to a definition of back...

In Editor's Roundtable » SIA Nordic Ski On-Snow Demo 2011: New Waxless Ski Technologies
April 06, 8:14pm

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