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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: Warm hiker, cold camper layering question
Sierra = mostly dry = down, in my book. Montbell Mirage, Rab Neutrino, Golite Bitterroot, etc. Seems like a pity to not camp super high because your jacket isn't quite warm enough.

In GEAR » Warm hiker, cold camper layering question
February 27, 2:21pm

Re: Shelter for the Tall/Shaving weight
Cat tarp with a custom Xlong net tent? I like the flexibility of not having to bring/use netting all the time.

In GEAR » Shelter for the Tall/Shaving weight
February 27, 2:18pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: What is your two item first aid kit?
The tape and PLB suggestion was half joke, half serious. If you're back in remote terrain, the probability of something between minor booboo (tape your ankle and walk on out) and call in the t...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What is your two item first aid kit?
February 27, 2:15pm

Re: Ski to the Divide – Skinner Hut
Man those 10th mountain huts look fancy! Some seriously beautiful stonework. 2 stories and electic lights seems like enough to promote them from hut status to chalet. And a lottery system?! Goo...

In Post-Trip Reports » Ski to the Divide – Skinner Hut
February 27, 1:06pm

Re: What is your two item first aid kit?
1) Completion of a WFR class taught by a good instructor (many are not). 2) Proper physical prep. Physical item list would be: 1) A roll of quality cloth athletic tape. 2) McMurdo PLB.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What is your two item first aid kit?
February 27, 12:59pm

Re: Bob Marshall Wilderness Climate
Aaron, it's possible to get some good rain storms and wind in the South Fork valley, but odds are the weather in early August will be exceedingly mild. There are plenty of nice wooded bottoms ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Bob Marshall Wilderness Climate
February 26, 6:34pm

Re: FS: Rab Zephyr and Cirrus
Cirrus is sold.

In Gear Swap » FS: Rab Zephyr and Cirrus
February 26, 12:25pm

Re: Rev. 3 - A Visual Paradigm for Windshirts - Multiple Axis of Understanding
Thanks Richard, keep up the good work. I do wish Wild Things would put a more refined hood on the tactical windshirt.

In GEAR » A Visual Paradigm for Windshirts - Multiple Axis of Understanding.-Rev 0
February 26, 9:49am

A good discussion everyone.

In GEAR » Current UL windshirts and breathability: are there other options and layering techniques?
February 26, 9:47am

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: SMD Fusion info has been released
Ron, I'm happy to discuss particulars, but will not participate in a circumstantial ad hominem argument.

In GEAR » new SMD packs
February 26, 9:46am

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