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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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Don, Depending on your size and needs, I've got some capilene and a balaclava that are all yours.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Hiker in Need!! can you help?
February 18, 9:44pm

Last year most stuff in the mountains was still melting out in early June. It melts out fast, but if you to backpack, see the good stuff, have good fishing (ie not murky), and avoid postholing and...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Montana?
February 18, 9:39pm

Wilderness therapy does teach you things.... ;) Back in the day I could pretty consistently get embers with (very dry) juniper on juniper. A fat cottonwood root fireboard is like cheating!

In Philosophy & Technique » Bow Drill Fires!
February 17, 12:53pm

re: brakes, etc
I'd certainly put new cables and housing on all around. The rear derailleur may still be fine, and if you can find new pulleys that will fit you should be set. You can put modern brakes on ...

In Other Activities » bike touring/backpacking
February 16, 8:40pm

3/8" is not that big. Tear off a piece of duct tape. Heat the adhesive slightly with a candle or lighter. Stick it to the inside of the hole, centered. Put a fat dab of aqua-seal over the ...

In GEAR » Repairing a Catalyst
February 16, 8:05pm

"Is there any reason I should avoid this?" Except for what Chris noted (the poo thing, the heat thing), I can't think of why not. You can even defeat the heat thing to a large ext...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Training for a speed hike.
February 16, 8:48am

I'm not sure why my 'puter freaked out this morning, it works now and has always been able to see the embedded lists in the past. I appreciate the thought and time Andy. The list looks ...

In Gear Lists » Alaska-Yukon Expedition: 4,700 miles and 7 months; start in 4 weeks
February 15, 12:21pm

logistics indeed
Steven, I've hiked almost every section of that route at one time or another. It's a fun journey, and would give you a great sense of the ecosystem transitions around Zion. Things might b...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Las Vegas Hikes (Logistics)
February 14, 4:51pm

late Oct
Ryan, If I were to pick one best time to hike in the Grand, it would be late October/early November. I think the rim-rim shuttle has stopped by then.

In Post-Trip Reports » Grand Canyon Advice: North Rim to South Rim
February 14, 4:48pm

wet bag
If any down bag gets really soaked, you're in for some suffering. Build a fire and prepare to sleep for no more than 2 hours at a stretch. I've been there, fortunately in July. I alway...

In GEAR » Washing a cuben down quilt
February 14, 2:06pm

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