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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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Re: La Sportiva Boulder X Mid
They're a great, durable summer mountaineering and alpine hiking boot. For winter hiking I'd look at something a little more flexible, lighter, and most especially with a wider toebox (whi...

In GEAR » La Sportiva Boulder X Mid
March 15, 9:52pm

Re: Re:
There's no need for a cathole to be cylindrical. A trench ~3" wide, 20-30" long, and 6-8" deep in the center does the trick, and due to shape takes perhaps 10-20 seconds to dig....

In Gear Lists » Chopping a bit more weight, advice from the experts?
March 15, 1:57pm

Re: Re: Dark Canyon, Utah, in May- guidance?
What Dean L said. Also, Allen's Canyoneering 2 covers part of your route. The reliability of Kelsey water beta is not the best in my experience. It's been long enough since I've been...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Dark Canyon, Utah, in May- guidance?
March 15, 11:41am

Re: Re: Chopping a bit more weight, advice from the experts?
Are you sure the Spot is 7oz with batteries? I saw your weight and assumed it was a different model. I'd think a lamp in that class would be half that. Most of the folks I've spoken wi...

In Gear Lists » Chopping a bit more weight, advice from the experts?
March 15, 11:32am

Re: Re: Chopping a bit more weight, advice from the experts?
You have been linked! Tons of low hanging fruit on your list; just depends on what things you're comfortable doing without and what your goals are. The pack is on the heavy side...

In Gear Lists » Chopping a bit more weight, advice from the experts?
March 14, 5:27pm

Re: Crossing Colorado to Maze - need advice
Do the first trip with both packs, then go back and get your partner. Getting the passenger in and out is the hardest part, so being able to scout the landing first works well.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Crossing Colorado to Maze - need advice
March 13, 4:02pm

Re: Alpacka
Alpacka had a Ghost proto at the APA Roundup this past summer, and it was very impressive. While I can't imagine the fabric will hold up to too much abuse, it will hold just as high an inflati...

In Packrafting »
March 13, 9:40am

Re: Glacier National Park Help
The Northern Circle is the classic, and for good reason. If you want to add a little more distance, tack on Gunsight Pass. If you want quite a bit more distance, go south on the CDT over Triple D...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Glacier National Park Help
March 13, 9:28am

Re: ULA Pack fits strange in the shoulder - thoughts?
Try bending the stay so that the upper ~6" below the shoulder straps hugs your back. Definitely not too large a pack, and possibly a hair on the small side, but should be fine.

In GEAR » ULA Pack fits strange in the shoulder - thoughts?
March 12, 9:06am

Re: Weather gods
Chances of doing Dawson-Pitamaken without crampons is pretty slim. There's a decent chance of the high traverse itself being clear as it faces west and is open, but there's a northwest fac...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
March 11, 11:53am

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