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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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On a summer trip in the Grand Canyon I took a 3-4oz poly bag liner, a long sleeve capilene shirt, and a wool hat as all my insulating gear. I never used the hat. I had a BPL 60 quilt before I p...

In GEAR » Lightest Dead of Summer Sleep System
February 04, 9:03pm

The dealbreaker for me with the "old" cocoons is their cut. Super baggy in the torso, and too short to boot. Primaloft One is a pretty amazing insulator.

In GEAR » bwm cocoon pullover vs. patagonia nano puff pullover
February 04, 9:11am

Unless March has been very cold and snowy, the West Rim Trail should be fine. You might run into some snow, but not enough to be a significant impediment, and a Jack said, water should be easy. ...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Zion NP in April - ideas?
February 01, 10:32am

"For those big miles, any tips on how I can manage my calorie intake to prevent a bonking? Haven't had a whole lot of success in that department so far." As you build up a traini...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Training for a speed hike.
January 30, 10:11am

Stoney Indian
"How tough is Stoney Indian Pass?" That depends on your standards! I'd say not at all, really. Glacier doesn't have many passes that are that high, nor trails that are especi...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Glacier National Park Trip Suggestions
January 29, 10:44pm

"Any tips on footwear? My current trailrunners are getting worn out, so as I'll be buying a new pair in the next month, I might as well buy what I'm planning on wearing for the big hik...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Training for a speed hike.
January 28, 7:50pm

I've only hiked portions of that route, and those parts were awesome. Stoney Indian Pass is just fantastic (I had the good fortune to have the lake camp all to myself last summer). The few ...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Glacier National Park Trip Suggestions
January 27, 9:47pm

speed and time on the feet
I agree that your current training program is inadequate. However, depending on the depth of your hiking base, and on your will to suffer, you should be able to complete the project. First thin...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Training for a speed hike.
January 27, 9:40pm

Yellowstone, today

In Photography » Shots of the Week: Jan 22-28
January 26, 9:56pm

mid-weight woven
"Lightweight is nice, but my main criteria are durability for glissading and breathability for trudging up steep slopes." Both are best served by a mid-weight (say, 6ish oz/yard) wov...

In GEAR » Fabric for winter shell pants?
January 26, 9:49pm

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