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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.

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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Bobwhite Packraft Loop
Aidan, sounds like you had your issues right by the mouth of the White. The main South Fork channel used to flow right past the main outlet, but in the spring of 2013 the channel moved west a good...

In Post-Trip Reports » Bobwhite Packraft Loop
August 27, 9:18am

Re: UD Fastpack
Those photos are user error; no need for the Fastpack to look like that.

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » three days, two nights w/ a 24 liter pack?
August 27, 7:53am

Re: Bumping Not Allowed People
Seriously folks. Just don't be annoying about your bumpage. Simple.

In Gear Swap » Bumping Not Allowed People
August 26, 3:47pm

Re: Ultimate direction Fastpack 20
I should preface this by saying that I haven't run a step, save to cross the street, in years. A number of years ago I suffered through much experimentation trying to find a pack which would w...

In GEAR » Ultimate direction Fastpack 20
August 26, 3:43pm

Re: FS: Solomid, La Sportiva, Rab
Solomid still available. Make me an offer folks.

In Gear Swap » FS: Solomid, La Sportiva, Rab
August 26, 10:14am

Re: Also...
I always roll the top as tight as I can, then clip the sides to themselves. Roll it towards you and the loop tends to lay flat and not get in the way.

In GEAR » Paradox/SeekOutside Unaweep Pics
August 22, 1:14pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Fastest Known Times (FKT)
Billy you may or may not be paying attention (ha!), but the suggestion that there is any sort of linear correlation between time spent at a given place and the ability to absorb detail is a prepost...

In On the Web » Fastest Known Times (FKT)
August 22, 1:10pm

Re: Re: Middle Fork Kings: Redux!
I agree with Andrew.

In Post-Trip Reports » Middle Fork Kings: Redux!
August 20, 7:06am

Re: weekend trip report
Michael, the stretch of Gordon you happened into is quite straight and relatively shallow for whatever reason. A mile lower and the creek starts meandering and forms more pools and runs. I pulled...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Bob Marshall 50mi Loop Recommendations
August 19, 12:41pm

Re: Cassin Ridge, Denali - harder and more rewarding than expected
Nice one Max! We need to see a gear list.

In Post-Trip Reports » Cassin Ridge, Denali - harder and more rewarding than expected
August 19, 8:04am

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