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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

My Locale Crown of the Continent
About Me Social worker. Backcountry traveler and writer in my spare time.

I have given up on PMs due to their tendency to encourage poorly considered inquiries. Please contact me through my website. I enjoy pack construction and trip planning questions in particular.
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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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re: Isle Royale
Thanks Tom. I like to think so.

In Post-Trip Reports » Isle Royale: Full Circle
July 13, 9:14am

re: from scratch
Insofar as the OPs contention was that for a rank beginner with no gear (and presumably no or little experience), buying the absolute lightest stuff straight away is not desireable. That doesn'...

In GEAR » Ultralight from scratch, not practical.
July 08, 11:46pm

PM issues
Just responded to the last round of PMs (from Will and others). Hopefully all going smoothly now.

In Gear Swap » FS Dana Designs Arcflex Alpine
July 08, 8:32am

Welcome to America! I used to frequent the gorge, never saw bears or bear sign. There are an enormous number of party campers, enforcing and engraining the food storage regs will be tough.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Bear Attack at Red River Gorge in Ky
July 08, 8:21am

Will, I own a Trailstar and am very happy with it. I've not used a square or rectangular mid so I can't compare them. The Trailstar is bomber in the wind, gusts just seem to slide right...

In GEAR » best tipi / pyramid shelters for the alpine
July 07, 11:37pm

re: ultra training
I've ran and hiked a few ultras. I switched to hiking exclusively two years ago when I just couldn't keep my IT band issues under control. Running kills them, hiking doesn't. I'...

In Other Activities » Any ultrarunners here?
July 07, 11:30pm

re: PM
Will, I responded to your original PM two days ago. Just sent another to make sure.

In Gear Swap » FS Dana Designs Arcflex Alpine
July 07, 1:15pm

down and packrafting
It's certainly managable. Small amounts of moisture in/on a down bag dry remarkably fast with even a bit of sun and wind. One thing to think about is the expected temps, warmth of your syst...

In GEAR » Down insulation - humid conditions
July 07, 7:42am

Funny stuff Franco. The GG grips are truly fantastic. Great shape, as noted, and they also conduct very little cold. Quite noticeable compared to standard rubber grips.

In Editor's Roundtable » Gossamer Gear Lightrek 4 Trekking Pole Review
July 06, 9:57pm

still available

In Gear Swap » FS Dana Designs Arcflex Alpine
July 06, 5:55pm

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