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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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wet shoes
"Does it even matter?" Not unless it's pretty cold, and even then there are ways to keep wet feet warm. The wet feet = blisters bit is just a myth.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Stream crossings with low-rise trail runners
April 01, 1:22pm

re: re: miles
100% walking. A bit less than 20 hours. 18,000 feet of elevation gain.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » New to this - how fast can one backpack (miles/day)?
April 01, 12:58am

I've hiked 62 miles in a day. FWIW.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » New to this - how fast can one backpack (miles/day)?
April 01, 12:25am

Trappers mug still available
Everything sold is shipped. Enjoy folks!

In Gear Swap » Cook pot closet cleaning!
April 01, 12:14am

Sale pending to Chris for the MSR. A rousing success!

In Gear Swap » Cook pot closet cleaning!
March 31, 9:48am

cook pots
Sales of both mugs pending to Mark and Ben. MSR still FS, yo.

In Gear Swap » Cook pot closet cleaning!
March 31, 7:55am

Cook pot closet cleaning!
Too many cook pots! All must go! Contact me via PM, will respond (sorta promptly), personal payment via paypal, I ship. Simple. All prices include postage to CONUS. 1: Snowpeak Trek 70...

In Gear Swap » Cook pot closet cleaning!
March 30, 10:14pm

tough minimalist footwear
Nice article Damien. My hope is that "barefoot" technology will continue to pervade hiking shoes, and shoes with tough uppers, no drop, a bit of rock protection, and good tread will prol...

In Editor's Roundtable » Minimalist Footwear for Summer Backpacking
March 30, 9:42pm

mo' Bando pics
Detail of side/back pocket junction. Plenty of room for customization w/r/t cords that compress and cinch the pockets without having to do one to do the other. Note the drain openings o...

In GEAR » TrailLite Designs Bandoleer - First Impressions
March 30, 5:15pm

light, durable shell
The Arc'teryx Alpha SL retails for 250 bucks, and I bushwack in mine without hesitation.

In GEAR » a light durable rain jacket
March 30, 3:11pm

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