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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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Your best gear of 2009
Let it begin! (you're not using anything that new in the next few weeks, anyway) Try to keep it to three items, as an intellectual exercise, and recall: this is most interesting when we hear ...

In GEAR » Your best gear of 2009
December 06, 9:04am

I'm all for razzing people on the internets to enliven dull moments, but I also think that if you're being honest you'll try to portray the opinions with which you disagree in the stron...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Trekking and hunting
December 06, 8:36am

Capilene is tricky to sew, especially lightweight cap/cap 2. It tends to get pulled around by the foot. Feed it carefully. I'd recommend one of three approaches: If it's a tiny rip, s...

In GEAR » repairing patagonia capilene 2
December 06, 8:15am

I find the ridge rest burrito to be a very effective "frame", up to a bit over 30 lbs, even. I don't use a pad pocket, but I have to think that only the external pockets have a cha...

In GEAR » Frameless Pack Questions
December 05, 12:00pm

glad you folks are talking about this
"National/Council/District direction seems to be aimed at a slow progression over 10 years from soft kindergarteners to Scouting's version of "high adventure". I think that progr...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » New to cub scouting- Feeling a bit underwhelmed.
December 04, 7:40am

When hauling a pack, stretch in the line is not desirable. For any hauls of consequence (read: anytime you'd really "need" to do it) I use nothing short of 4mm cord. Webbing is proba...

In Philosophy & Technique » Lowering a pack using rope
December 03, 7:14pm

perfect time of year
Thanksgiving on the Colorado Plateau, little could be better. Looked like you folks had perfect weather, and a surprising number of leaves were still on the Cottonwoods. As for the video, great...

In Post-Trip Reports » Grand Gulch Thanksgiving Week
December 02, 10:26pm

compress it
On purely personal, anecdotal evidence, I call B S on the compression myth. Good down can be compressed like crazy for brief periods of time with no long term ill effects. For almost all of us, o...

In GEAR » Compressing Down Sleeping Bag
December 02, 10:19pm

The BPL mosquito (large mesh) net really is fantastic. Worn over a ball cap it disappears.

In GEAR » Mosquito Head Nets
November 30, 1:38pm

Yellowstone critters
Or at least the evidence of them.

In Photo Gallery » UL Creatures
November 28, 6:04pm

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