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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: FS: Solomid, La Sportiva, Rab
Solomid is back up and available. Deals pending on the Rab and BD pieces.

In Gear Swap » FS: Solomid, La Sportiva, Rab
August 07, 9:14am

re: stuff for sale

In Gear Swap » FS: Solomid, La Sportiva, Rab
August 07, 6:56am

Re: Re: Re: Re: Bobwhite Packraft Loop
I do insist on a sign-in of some kind; it stops the spammers and semi-spammers.

In Post-Trip Reports » Bobwhite Packraft Loop
August 07, 6:54am

Re: I think I'm in a world of hurt....
Fold as Roman says in the vid, put the boat in the bottom of your pack against your back, put food bag on top of that, tie light stuff outside if necessary. I never carry my boat outside the pack.

In Packrafting » I think I'm in a world of hurt....
August 06, 2:21pm

Re: Re: Bobwhite Packraft Loop
Aidan, glad you two had fun (?!). The technical aspect of packrafting makes backcountry travel more rewarding, but can be a bit much more some, especially SOs not especially in their own out their...

In Post-Trip Reports » Bobwhite Packraft Loop
August 06, 12:55pm

Re: Re: Bobwhite Packraft Loop
A few photos: It has been a busy month! The snag was two spiny dead pines, jutting out from the river right bank. We came in from the ...

In Post-Trip Reports » Bobwhite Packraft Loop
August 06, 12:51pm

Re: Going to Glacier NP! Your advice?
Clayton covered most of the highlights. The big one is get to Apgar early and have 4-5 different options written down so you'll be ready to rock when the office opens. The Coal-Nyack loop i...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Going to Glacier NP! Your advice?
August 06, 12:42pm

Re: Paradox/Seek Outside Unaweep Pics
Not to beat a dead horse, but Nico (and anyone else) I've got a number of photos and thoughts on the pack here: A...

In GEAR » Paradox/SeekOutside Unaweep Pics
August 06, 12:27pm

Re: thanks
The breathability of eVent is obviously a very nice thing to have. Rab has also proven to have a very good DWR (something Montbell, for instance, comes up short on), and an excellent hood (miles b...

In GEAR » Lightening up: dooReplace Windshirt (Houdini) and Rain Gear?
July 31, 12:16pm

Re: Lightening up: Replace Windshirt (Houdini) and Rain Gear?
Christoph, you could get marginal improvements in your current setup, but that's it. The '10 Houdini is still one of the best compromises between durability, weight, breathability, and wea...

In GEAR » Lightening up: dooReplace Windshirt (Houdini) and Rain Gear?
July 31, 10:06am

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