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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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narrows in November
At normal water November water levels (50-70 cfs) you can expect a waist deep pool or two. More if you route find poorly. Trail runners, synthetics pants and long johns, warm layers in dry bags, ...

In GEAR » Footwear for Zion Narrows in November?
October 21, 8:34am

light pants
The Paty Traverse pants are pretty awesome. Slim fitting, great fabric.

In GEAR » Lightweight Soft Shell Pants - do they exist?
October 21, 8:24am

andy's beta
Very useful PDF, that is. Some interesting thoughts, and some unsurprising ones.

In GEAR » Skurka's Gear List and Commentary
October 18, 7:01pm

My thoughts on shells
The series continues, yeaahh! This one is more mundane due to the topic:

In GEAR » My thoughts on shells
October 18, 7:00pm

Selected Ambient works
The RDJames album is still one of my favs. The best advice to anyone getting into making packs is, IMO, to not expect to get it right the first time! Have some extra material around, and prepar...

In Make Your Own Gear » The North Fork Pack
October 18, 6:10pm

WTB: ~1 yard of Dyneema Gridstop
Just like it says, if you've got a piece of gridstop no smaller than 55" by 30" I'd love to buy it from you. PM, please.

In Gear Swap » WTB: ~1 yard of Dyneema Gridstop
October 15, 9:37am

Access to the full article archive is worth the money. The 2004-2007 articles were, on average, much better than the current ones. Will I renew next month? Not sure.

In GEAR » BPL Subscription
October 12, 2:28pm

The North Fork Pack
So I made a video talking about my latest pack. It's right here: For those who don't recall the thread on it a few months ago, this is a big frameless pack ...

In Make Your Own Gear » The North Fork Pack
October 12, 10:53am

Get rid of liner socks. Bring two pairs of light to mid weight wool socks. Done. Don't carry any changes of clothing.

In GEAR » Clothing set up
October 11, 9:45pm

thin wool
The BPL stuff excepted all the companies seem to have shirts in the 150-164 grams/square meter range.

In GEAR » Base layers for active adventure
October 11, 2:30pm

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