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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: Hot
June in the bottom of the big ditch is hot! But really cool in a hot way. Take a siesta under the tarp from 11-4 or so, bring plenty of electrolytes, etc. When I lived in AZ and did some backp...

In GEAR » Grand Canyon Clothing Questions
February 09, 3:05pm

I buy the thickest 100% poly thread that Joanne's stocks.

In Make Your Own Gear » My first pack
February 09, 12:28pm

quality silnylon
I just buy (shelters) from MLD and call it good.

In Make Your Own Gear » American Silnylon not Acceptable?
February 09, 12:26pm

Ryan, the tone of this post and the previous one on shelters seem to betray serious misgivings on your part about some of the groups choices. I'd encourage you to follow your gut on some thing...

In Gear Lists » Two weeks in Alaska
February 09, 12:21pm

To Msr Fogel.

In Gear Swap » PIF Wool 2 LS crew
February 07, 7:57pm

PIF Wool 2 LS crew
The rulz: 1. The item offered below is free but you must pay shipping. 2. You must also "Pay it Forward" by posting something free (must be worth the cost of shipping). 3. Your "...

In Gear Swap » PIF Wool 2 LS crew
February 07, 6:49pm

pre-made pack straps
Using commercial straps is time-cost efficient. When I made this pack ( I seam ripped off the velcro attachment, sewed the straps to some fabric, then sewed the fabric to...

In Make Your Own Gear » Alert for MYOG pack enthusiasts
February 07, 5:07pm

re: MYOG material sugg.s
1/2" webbing and hardwear Dimension-Polyant fabrics (VX-21 and lighter) Pertex Microlight and Quantum Cuben (of course) I think some room exists in the market.

In Make Your Own Gear » MYOG Material Suggestions
February 07, 5:04pm

GC info
The 2 hour drive from Phx to Flag is entirely on the highway, and the scenery isn't bad. Probably the better option. As mentioned, loads of free camping on NF around Tusayan. Just look at ...

In Post-Trip Reports » Grand Canyon - Trip Planning
February 07, 8:47am

insomniac sends PM
Like I said...

In Gear Swap » Early Bird Gets the PIF
February 07, 12:26am

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