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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.

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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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packrafting Isle Royale
Travis, I brought my boat along on the trip I did this July. In summary: I'd be surprising if any of the rivers/streams on the island are boatable, even in a packraft. Maybe at the peak of...

In GEAR » Packrafting Isle Royale--need advise
September 07, 3:22pm

hot drinks
I enjoy morning coffee and evening tea on most trips. Typically a 1st gen (1.3 oz) BPL Trappers mug.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » drinking problem
September 07, 11:31am

Yes lightening your load would be beneficial, but the OP didn't ask about that. A 7.5 lb base weight is already pretty darn good. Fred, I'd go for the Mystery Ranch pack if I were you. ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Pack Recomendation
September 07, 11:29am

Skurka's boat
Andy got a custom boat from Alpacka. I think the side tubes (black) are smaller and lighter than the standard boats.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Skurka
September 03, 11:51am

ground cloth
Chris, I suspect that with reasonable site selection you won't need one.

In Make Your Own Gear » Ground Cloth for a Pyramid...Need Advice
September 03, 11:50am

I haven't done Hardrock yet, but plan to. Getting in is no mean feat!

In Make Your Own Gear » North Fork pack first glance.
September 02, 1:34pm

re: RMNP
Nice looking stream!

In Fishing » Tenkara for someone new to fly fishing?
September 01, 10:11pm

I recently made a pack entirely out of VX-21 (North Fork pack thread), and it really is a joy to work with. Stiff but not too stiff, burly but not too burly. Another cool thing is that the wa...

In Make Your Own Gear » Dimension-Polyant VX-21
September 01, 10:09pm

It's Montana, our facial hair standards are different. ;) No arrows in the house, but enough guns for my wife and I to have one in each hand when we shoot at you. The pack is totally frame...

In Make Your Own Gear » North Fork pack first glance.
September 01, 10:05pm

water access in packs
Lynn, I agree. Drinking water at 2 hour intervals and backpacking at anything other than a truly tepid pace in cool weather means you will become dehydrated. A non-negotiable physiological realit...

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Internal Frame Packs: a State of the Market Report - Part 1A: Testing Overview and List of Packs Tested
September 01, 5:13pm

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