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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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Re: Hydration port on a pack bag vs. running hose out the side of a roll top closure?
Michael, in your place I'd ask Seek Outside to put in the hydro port. I've run the hose through a rolltop on different packs, and I find it a nuisance. I know Kevin Timm prefers to pu...

In GEAR » Hydration port on a pack bag vs. running hose out the side of a roll top closure?
April 24, 12:31pm

Re: Outdoor Research Helium Bivy for stealth alpine camping
Unless you use the bivy a ton, durability would be fine. Nothing compared to the beating a fabric gets under packstraps. I would assume breathability would be less than ideal, especially if you&#...

In GEAR » Outdoor Research Helium Bivy for stealth alpine camping
April 24, 7:42am

Re: Irrational Solo Fear
I think everyone had, and to a limited degree still has, this fear. It's like climbing and the fear of heights and falling; it never goes away, you just get a better understanding of yourself ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Irrational Solo Fear
April 23, 2:52pm

Re: DaveC
"At best it just doesn't add anything to the thread." We'll have to be content with respectful disagreement on that one. If you can't have a discussion about something wit...

In GEAR » Tent Tech
April 23, 2:48pm

Re: Canyon Experience
Do a 3-4 day loop in Canyonlands, Needles district to start. Do a week in Dark Canyon next, hit Coyote Gulch and the Escalante for 3-5 days, finish with rim-river-rim on the North Kaibab. At th...

In Pre-Trip Planning » 20-23 Days/Nights to Backpack...
April 23, 2:39pm

Re: slippery sleep system
I have beads of aquaseal on the bottom of my Thermarest. Works well.

In GEAR » slippery sleep system
April 23, 2:37pm

Re: Re: Re: "Tent Tech"
"I assume you mean Mr. Shires has "blurred" the lines between what is a tent vs. what is a tarp..." Exactly, and a lot of the recent developments in both cottage and mainstre...

In GEAR » Tent Tech
April 23, 2:36pm

Re: Tarptent
Nothing whatsoever. I'm complimented him twice in as many posts, his products just don't have any personal appeal.

In GEAR » Tent Tech
April 23, 2:02pm

Re: 20-23 Days/Nights to Backpack...
In your position I'd head to some of the higher SW desert areas: Grand Gulch, Dark Canyon, the Escalante, Zion, North Rim on the Grand Canyon (which while technically not open in early May, wil...

In Pre-Trip Planning » 20-23 Days/Nights to Backpack...
April 23, 1:58pm

Re: "Tent Tech"
"Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't a mid and/or tarp with inner net essentially a doubled walled shelter." It is, and much credit is due to Mr. Shires for complicating the ide...

In GEAR » Tent Tech
April 23, 1:48pm

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