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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

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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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to be more specific
First, to answer Nick's question about how boiling water while you pack could be less efficient: I find that the limiting factor on miles for me and most people is not daylight, but sore fee...

In Philosophy & Technique » Best Practices: Saving Time in the Morning
June 04, 2:12pm

re: synthetic v. down
If your bag gets wet you're not going to have fun. If your beg got wet you were either foolish or very unlucky. The synthetic quilt I've been using this year is my first synthetic bag e...

In GEAR » Synthetic over Down?
June 04, 1:54pm

re: snow blades
Ross, I'll be intrigued to see how your experiment goes, and your impressions of the Berwins. I've been wondering what sort of forward flex one gets with them, and where the pivot point en...

In Make Your Own Gear » MYOG approach/bushwack/spring touring skis
June 04, 8:18am

re: glacier
Probably lots of snow still in the park right now. As for doing an overnighter close to the road later in summer, you'll have to take what sites are available. Word on the street in the p...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Looking for a 1 night glacier trail
June 01, 6:58pm

re: bindings
I may well just buy some Berwins. Their design and materials seem like they should address all my shortcomings.

In Make Your Own Gear » MYOG approach/bushwack/spring touring skis
June 01, 6:50pm

re: camp ritual
Sounds like you have your stuff pretty dialed. Other than possibly cutting down on stuff (anything you don't need?), I have only one suggestion. Don't eat breakfast in camp. Pack eve...

In Philosophy & Technique » Best Practices: Saving Time in the Morning
June 01, 7:38am

re: Zion
Awesome! It's really fun to see familiar places through the eyes of someone visiting for the first time. Thanks Steve. I'm impressed that you eat so little food! Especially lunches....

In Post-Trip Reports » Zion National Park - Mid May
May 31, 10:43am

bison safety
Bison have been responsible for more human injuries and fatalities than all other park critters put together, mainly because folks think they're big shaggy cows and get too close taking picture...

In Post-Trip Reports » Project Yellowstone
May 31, 9:29am

Project Yellowstone
As some may know I set a goal last summer of visiting the park at least once a month for a full year. I let grad school cause me to miss April, but did alright otherwise. Video summary: http:...

In Post-Trip Reports » Project Yellowstone
May 30, 3:25pm

Good news!
Glad you're feeling better. Now you have a better idea of what trouble looks/feels like, and keep out of it. I'm highly recommend investing in a foam roller. Essential self-massage too...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Training for a speed hike.
May 29, 10:23pm

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