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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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Hats off for tackling such an ambitious project. I thought about making a mid last fall, then decided to let MLD do the work for me. Like Steven, I've become a big fan of floorless shelters...

In Make Your Own Gear » Cuben Mid Tent
August 20, 10:43am

I think buying clothes, day hiking, then backpacking is a good logical progression. You'll have your layering sorted for a variety of conditions before you start adding the complications of ca...

In GEAR » Need help with some basics
August 19, 10:53pm

re: basics
Chase, we'd be able to better help you if you provided a bit more information. Do you intend to hike year round, or only during the more moderate seasons? How long do you anticipate your ...

In GEAR » Need help with some basics
August 19, 10:18am

Gabriel, I think it'd be safe, you'd just get a lot wetter, and be a bit more likely to flip. Not only are the Scouts tubes smaller, it lacks the rockered bow and spray deck. These ma...

In Packrafting » Alpaca Raft vs. Scout Raft
August 19, 10:08am

UL shelter
Floorless pyramid. Eg BD Megalight.

In GEAR » Looking for some Sage UL SHelter guidance
August 19, 8:31am

I totally teared up when I read the story of your proposal. Well written, and well done sir! I'm really psyched you two had such a good trip (funky weather, much worse than usual mosquitoes a...

In Post-Trip Reports » Glacier NP Trip + Engagement!!!!
August 18, 8:32am

re: rattlesnakes
The 'snake is great to have in the backyard. I've to go backpacking, but spend lots of time mountain biking and skiing there. Gabriel's pictures show the ski terrain nicely. Never ...

In Post-Trip Reports » Rattlesnake National Wilderness Area
August 17, 6:29pm

the story of the pack
Thanks for your interest Kyle. Between that and the fact that a surprisingly large number of hits to my blog come from this thread, I thought I'd post an update. The pack has gotten a lot of ...

In Make Your Own Gear » A very not light pack.
August 17, 6:25pm

capilene funk
Capilene (or any synthetic baselayer I've ever used) definitely stinks, though the newer stuff is better than the old. It doesn't bother me, but some folks find it troubling.

In GEAR » Replacing some gear with UL stuff: top layers and sleeping bag
August 17, 1:39pm

base layers
I really like Capilene, especially cap 2. Wool is nice, especially in winter, but the cost and exponentially less durability make it hard to buy again.

In GEAR » Replacing some gear with UL stuff: top layers and sleeping bag
August 17, 10:37am

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