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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: Big Scenery/low intensity trips?
The North Rim of the Grand Canyon has some of the best free car camping I've seen. Timp point, the area out near the Bill Hall TH, etc. Scenic and remote drive out there, relatively cool temp...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Big Scenery/low intensity trips?
August 04, 12:27pm

Re: Mods to ULA Circuit / GG Mariposa for 35-40lbs? Fairly simple and solves any velcro creep issue. Honestly, 90+% of the complaints abo...

In GEAR » Mods to ULA Circuit / GG Mariposa for 35-40lbs?
August 03, 11:31am

Re: Seek Outside Unaweep / Divide Shoulder Strap Question
Curt, Seek Outside lengthened the "standard" shoulder straps I believe earlier this year. I'd give them an email or call and I'm sure they'd measure them for you.

In GEAR » Seek Outside Unaweep / Divide Shoulder Strap Question
August 03, 9:18am

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Bob Marshall Snowpack/Melt
Larger creeks like Mid, Black Bear, and Little Salmon should still have a decent amount of water. Smaller stuff is dry or drying up fast.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Bob Marshall Snowpack/Melt
July 31, 1:37pm

Re: Pyramid Selection Help! Luna 4
"Given the similarities of these tents, why the huge price discrepancy? All of these shelters use .74 CF. I'm worried I'm missing something big. Why would anybody buy a SuperMid instea...

In GEAR » Pyramid Selection Help! Lunar 4
July 30, 4:29pm

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

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