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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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TS guyline length
I almost always use one panel midpoint as the door. That gets a 4-5' guyline in red/blue. All the corners get 3-4' of the stock yellow line. I carry another 6 3-4' pieces of yellow l...

In GEAR » Trailstar guy line length
December 10, 12:07am

Great comments thus far. I'll just add that solo backpacking only seems dangerous. Driving to work is much more likely to kill or hurt you. The only reason we're all not terrified of dri...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Solo...and the wife (or husband)
December 08, 6:10pm

hitching a ride
Hitching can be hit or miss for sure. Your best bet in the west is to hope a European comes along soon, typically American tourists avoid eye contact with hitchhikers and drive right past. Of cou...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Where to go in Montana/Wyoming?
December 08, 6:05pm

re: winter layering
John, I own a lot of Patagonia. I wish I was sponsored (even the lowest level athletes get 70% off), but I'm not an especially noteworthy adventurer. I tend to buy Patagonia because: -It f...

In GEAR » Some thoughts on winter layering
December 06, 11:59am

Some thoughts on winter layering
Lots of questions about winter layering lately. I've been pretty happy with my system, so I wrote about it. I'd read this first:

In GEAR » Some thoughts on winter layering
December 06, 9:17am

Awesome TR! Thanks for sharing.

In Post-Trip Reports » 9 Days Solo in the Wind River Range
December 06, 8:42am

It'd also be easy to link a traverse of the Tetons (S-N) with some hiking in Yellowstone and/or the Teton Wilderness. You could fly into and out of Jackson, start the trip from Teton Pass, and...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Where to go in Montana/Wyoming?
December 04, 5:07pm

Jan-Feb trip
Go to the Grand Canyon. You'll need microspikes or something similar for the first 1500-2000 vertical down from the south rim, but below that snow is unlikely. Temps can be chilly, but daytim...

In Winter Hiking » Jan/Feb trip recommendations
December 04, 12:06am

velcro and yoga mat
EJ, I've been gradually cutting away at a pink yoga mat I bought at Walmart a few years ago. It's what I think of the standard thickness, about 3/8". I ended up not making insole fo...

In GEAR » Backcountry footwear for the other three seasons
December 03, 5:58pm

Sportiva shoes
EJ, I used a pair of Fireblades last year and liked them, I just prefer the more aggressive tread on the Crossleather/lite. The Skylite has a very low tread. I've not worn them, but the Wild...

In GEAR » Backcountry footwear for the other three seasons
December 03, 5:47am

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