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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: 131.8 Miles Across Grand Canyon

In Post-Trip Reports » 131.8 Miles Across Grand Canyon
March 28, 5:09pm

Re: Glacier National Park in mid/late September
Safety shouldn't be an issue in terms of snow travel, but might be due to hypothermia. In late September you might have excellent weather with cold nights, or you might have nasty rain/snow mi...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Glacier National Park in mid/late September
March 26, 11:05pm

Re: Packrafting Question
I'd say a Yak with a cruiser deck is the obvious choice. You could get away with an Alpaka and save some weight, but the added comfort and stability of a bigger boat is nice, and will be bette...

In Packrafting » Packrafting Question
March 26, 11:48am

Re: Re: Re: Review of Li'l Bugout Shelter (add.)
I'd say 18" is about right.

In Editor's Roundtable » Lil' Bugout Shelter Review
March 26, 7:53am

Re: Optimum Pyramid Winter Inner Tent Material
Strength shouldn't be too much of a concern, as the canopy won't be weight bearing. So long as you pack it carefully, the lightest fabrics ought to do just fine. I'd lean towards the ...

In GEAR » Optimum Pyramid Winter Inner Tent Material
March 14, 11:03am

Re: Unaweep Bag on existing Evolution Frame
Robert, the upper and lower encasement are (in essence) sewn to the bag with the Unaweep. You'd remove your frame (with belt attached) from the standard Evo and insert it into the Unaweep, the...

In GEAR » Paradox Unaweep
March 14, 10:53am

Re: how to packraft wrong.
Funny stuff Peter. The demise of the Trailboat will probably save a lot of people from themselves. I took a nice insta-swim years ago when I popped mine on a logjam. Venerated though it is, I ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Learning to Packraft: Ten First Steps for Backcountry Travelers
March 14, 10:48am

Re: Re: Re: First time skiing - help clothe me
On the rare occasions I ride lifts I often bring a small pack. A thin one you can keep on while sitting on the chair is preferred. Sometimes your stash is too fat to fit in a coat pocket.

In GEAR » First time skiing - help clothe me
March 13, 3:35pm

Re: First time skiing - help clothe me
You'll want waterproof jacket and pants because you'll be spending a lot of time flailing down in the snow. ;) Bring most of your synthetic layers. Temps at JHMR can fluctuate wildly. ...

In GEAR » First time skiing - help clothe me
March 13, 2:28pm

Re: Steps 11 and beyond...
Agree across the board Steve. My only question/concern is what does class III mean? I've seen it applied to such a massive range of water that I'm not sure it's such a coherent guidel...

In Editor's Roundtable » Learning to Packraft: Ten First Steps for Backcountry Travelers
March 13, 8:34am

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