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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

My Locale Crown of the Continent
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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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The best!
I live in Kalispell, Montana. All the backpackers seem to flock to Glacier NP in July and August, but I think that the same hikes are better in September and October because the autumn weather bes...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Best backpacking in your area
November 22, 5:11pm

Getting used to winter
It snowed a ton in NW MT last week, and kept snowing and got cold (daytime highs in single digits F) this weekend. I got today to dayhike, packraft, and look around. http://bedrockandparado...

In Post-Trip Reports » Getting used to winter
November 21, 8:21pm

moist bags
I dry the previous days socks and gloves in my bag on every winter trip. It surely must add moisture to the bag, but compared to the perspiration from you, and especially your breath, I reckon it&...

In GEAR » Drying things in your sleeping bag?
November 20, 3:37pm

windshirts and hats
Mike, I'll keep you posted. Eric, I have a beanie I made of cap 2 that has been resurrected. Even the BPL merino beanie (115 weight wool) doesn't wick and dry quick enough when I'm ...

In GEAR » Houdini v. Traverse
November 20, 3:35pm

Houdini v. Traverse
My thoughts: Two of my favorite pieces of outdoor clothing. One windshirt is not enough.

In GEAR » Houdini v. Traverse
November 20, 11:25am

the current plan
Just found some Pertex Equilibrium in the bargain area of Rockywoods and ordered that. That will form the back, lower chest, sides, and panels under the arms (3" wide or so) that will taper o...

In Make Your Own Gear » Paging the fabric gurus
November 20, 10:15am

fishscales, wax, skins
You've ventured into a complex subject, Andy. I'll go over a few points in order of complexity. It may well be technique. When your skis start to slip it's natural to lean forward ...

In Winter Hiking » Skins for Rossi BC 70 skis
November 19, 7:53pm

better than Christmas
Several feet of snow have fallen in the mountains in the last 72 hours.

In GEAR » It's like Christmas came early this year
November 18, 10:18pm

neoprene shoulder straps
On the one hand, neoprene is fairly resistant to longterm compression, and should thus make a long lived strap. On the other hand, it soaks up quite a bit of water, and dries pretty slow. Most co...

In Make Your Own Gear » shoulder strap questions
November 18, 10:15pm

Samuel, The fabric in question was Paclite from an '09 Arc'teryx Alpha SL pullover. In all fairness I only found it lacking compared to the ideal of a perfectly waterproof and breatha...

In Make Your Own Gear » Paging the fabric gurus
November 18, 10:10pm

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