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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: Lightweight Expedition Pack
The HMG 4400 series is a bit under 80 liters, but still plenty big and spacious. The Paradox Unaweep is available in 4800 cubic inches which would be more than big enough, but if you're just l...

In GEAR » Lightweight Expedition Pack
July 30, 4:23pm

Re: Backpack Hunting Binoculars
I hunt both sides of the Bob, getting into both thick woods and more open prairies and alpine terrain. I've been using Meopta 6.5x32s with good success. I'd like a pair of 10s for alpine ...

In GEAR » Backpack Hunting Binoculars
July 30, 4:18pm

2016 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
Bean Lake CG near the Dearborn River to the Cedar Creek CG on the Swan River. Start will be May 28th at 0800. I'd like to put...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2016 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
July 30, 11:07am

Re: Backpacking binoculars
A few things to keep in mind Doug. First as a glasses wearer you'll want enough eye relief to get a full field of view without cramming the binos into your glasses. For me, that means at le...

In GEAR » Backpacking binoculars
July 30, 11:01am

Re: Backpack Hunting Binoculars
I think there's a lot to be said for lower magnification in cheaper binos. The lower quality glass is less of an issue. In that vein the 6x30 Leupold Yosemites are well regarded and under 20 ...

In GEAR » Backpack Hunting Binoculars
July 30, 8:35am

Re: Hubba Hubba NX vs Double Rainbow vs ? - Which to choose?
"Ideally the tent would be pre-sealed or be easily sealed with a kit recommended by the manufacturer. The tent needs to be able to handle heavy rain, windy condition and severish weather while...

In GEAR » Hubba Hubba NX vs Double Rainbow vs ? - Which to choose?
July 29, 10:25am

Re: Stories of bad weather and how your shelter went
A fun thing to think back on, actually. Ages ago on Longs Peak I decided to camp up near the boulders to set myself up for a summit bid, as it was slow going through October snow. Shelter was a...

In GEAR » Stories of bad weather and how your shelter went
July 26, 10:08am

Re: Glacier National Park - Reynolds Creek Wildfire and Backcountry Closures
Maybe next year the Reynolds Creek BC campground will finally have big views. Not sure how long it's been since that valley burned, but I would guess over a century. Will be neat to see it ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Glacier National Park - Reynolds Creek Wildfire and Backcountry Closures
July 23, 9:16pm

Re: First myog backpack test (thanks to David Chenault)

In Make Your Own Gear » First myog backpack test (thanks to David Chenault)
July 23, 9:12pm

Re: Effeciency
Nice job matching the camo of that strap patch to the main body. X42 sounds good. I like the lightness of the white scrim in the VX series, but haven't found it to do much else of utility.

In GEAR » New Dimension Polyant X-series 420denier fabric in Olive green.
July 23, 9:09pm

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