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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

My Locale Crown of the Continent
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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Zion logistics
My unsolicited opinion: Go W to E. Get the less interesting stuff out of the way first. Hire a shuttle (I've used ZAC in the past with fine results). Camp at that private CG just outside ...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 3rd annual BPL Spring Run Adventure
December 13, 2:07pm

re: squirrels
Squirrel pot pie is a beautiful thing, though with our little squirrels you need 4-5 per pie. Hunting them with a .22 and a 4x scope is the most sporting way, but when I want to fill in the corn...

In Other Activities » Any bowhunters here?
December 13, 12:08pm

pack fit outer limits
Curt, you're definitely handicapped on weight if that's the strap arrangement you need. Extra material = grams, sadly. My wife is on the other end of the spectrum. Her torso requires a...

In GEAR » Big boy backpacks
December 13, 9:40am

re: tasty birds
My boss had two feral roosters take up residence in his wood pile last month. Judging by their musculature and stomach contents they had been avoiding the coyotes and cats all summer. They made s...

In Other Activities » Any bowhunters here?
December 12, 3:35pm

deerskin gloves
#1. They have the best fit for my skinny fingers.

In GEAR » Best DURABLE glove?
December 12, 3:31pm

snow shorts
Cloudveil made some heavy powerstretch boxer shorts for a while. They're awesome.

In Winter Hiking » very cold weather "over base" shorts
December 12, 1:47pm

re: Western Scout trip
Yellowstone. Do an out and back from the Bechler ranger station. This route is perfectly suited to moving camp every second or third day, with tons of dayhikes to waterfalls and hot springs, and ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Western Backpacking Suggestions
December 12, 1:44pm

Crag gloves
Those BD gloves are horrid. The velcro wrist closure is super stiff and chafes like mad.

In GEAR » Best DURABLE glove?
December 12, 1:37pm

jacket for PCT
I'm not a fan of the sub 12oz class of down jackets. Too much moisture sensitivity, too much cost for the function, and not much warm beyond synthetic puffys. Get a down vest to augment you...

In GEAR » Best choice among the UL down jackets?
December 12, 1:36pm

re: Sierras
Well done on absolutely every count.

In Post-Trip Reports » Sierra High Route/JMT Hybrid - August 2013 - A Backcountry Adventure
December 12, 10:37am

All Reader Reviews by David Chenault

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STARBUCKS VIA Italian Roast
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