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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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I learned a lot about food from Kevin, both from seeing what he had along and by asking him about physiology (much of the info is condensed above). I've been backpacking plenty, and know how t...

In Editor's Roundtable » Le Parcour de Wild Race Report
November 04, 9:19pm

Thanks mom! She's the one that got me started on all this stuff, I've been backpacking since age 3. Gear list, with commentary but without most weights, is here: http://spreadsheets.goo...

In Editor's Roundtable » Le Parcour de Wild Race Report
November 03, 11:35pm

no goretex
Unless it's raining. If you're making heat when it's cold, you can build up frost inside a WPB shell because the moisture transport gets so much worse. A good, windproof soft shell is...

In GEAR » Winter Day Hikes
November 03, 8:52pm

And we're already plotting for next year. It was such a cool time of year to be out there.

In Editor's Roundtable » Le Parcour de Wild Race Report
November 03, 8:43pm

Thanks everyone, I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it with Kevin, and going over the photos/memories last week. As for the joy of the trip itself, I'm still trying to ge...

In Editor's Roundtable » Le Parcour de Wild Race Report
November 03, 8:42pm

James, I'd want a bit warmer bag for the GC (or the southern AZ mtns) for late Dec-early Jan. You could be fine, but you could also be pretty darn cold. For the Death Valley lowland you'd...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Stretching the Shoulder???
November 03, 9:45am

Arizona is the obvious destination. But first, what do you mean by 3 season? Assuming you mean down to freezing or a bit below, I'd head to the Grand Canyon. The rim is snowy and cold, but...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Stretching the Shoulder???
November 01, 6:58pm

REI Flash 18 for cheap and simple. Osprey Talon 11 for fantastic attention to detail and the best set of go-fast features around. Cilogear 20L worksack for a bomber scrambling and bushwacking...

In GEAR » In search of day backpack between 400-700cu.in. Recommendations?
November 01, 6:49pm

I'll go second in line for the pack.

In Gear Swap » FS: OR Alpine Bivy, Golite Gust
October 31, 5:10pm

I reckon the fabric Patagonia uses in their Traverse products fits this to a T.

In Make Your Own Gear » Mechanical (non-spandex) stretch fabric for use in MYOG Stretch-Paramo knockoff?
October 31, 10:46am

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