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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: First Lightweight Pack Purchase - which to buy?
Tony, you have two ways you can do this. First would be to buy on the small/light size secure in your commitment to keep growing your skills and thinning your load. If this is the case, the G...

In GEAR » First Lightweight Pack Purchase - which to buy?
March 10, 9:20am

Re: Shoulder Strap Placement on External Frame Pack
I'm not a fan of the back brace effect and general lack of stability attaching straps above shoulder level achieves. It does take weight off the shoulders, though.

In GEAR » Shoulder Strap Placement on External Frame Pack
March 09, 1:53pm

Re: 30F Bag Choices--which to buy? (with spreadsheet!)
I'd throw the FFriends Vireo into your mix. I bought a bone stock Vireo Nano over Christmas and have been quite impressed thus far. The design works; the lower 2/3s is a very slim 20 degree b...

In GEAR » 30F Bag Comparisons--which to buy? (with spreadsheet!)
March 09, 1:51pm

Re: Bill in US Senate might open YNP and GTNP to packrafting
A much more complicated state of affairs than it appears at first glance. I wrote a bit about it: http://bedrockandparadox.com/2014/03/05/the-river-paddling-protection-act/ In brief, it doesn...

In Packrafting » Packraft Relate Bill in US Senate
March 08, 8:43am

Re: Modular Pack idea, anyone seen anything like this?
I think you'd have a hard time making it as light as a comparabley capable traditional pack, due to the need for whatever attachment method you use to be reinforced. Smaller area of stitching ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Modular Pack idea, anyone seen anything like this?
March 06, 10:53am

Re: Chris Zimmer Pack for Heavy Loads
Looks great Luke. I'm impressed as heck by Chris and his custom work. He takes a lot on by working with people on some pretty custom designs, and seems to deliver solidly. Not an easy thin...

In Make Your Own Gear » Chris Zimmer Pack for Heavy Loads
March 05, 8:32pm

Re: I'm in
Sounds like we have the beginnings of a plan. All the tougher sections on that loop can be walked around on trails. I'll keep in touch sooner to the date, and discuss possible longer trips ...

In Packrafting » APA Packraft Roundup, July 11-13
March 05, 3:01pm

Re: Route Time
The July Roundup should be a good time. Jackson Hole Packrafts is giving discounted rentals for it. As always, on the day before the start I'll tell anyone who shows up exactly where I...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2014 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open: Marias Pass to Monture Creek
March 05, 7:43am

Re: Re: Re: Reasonably priced down jacket
I've not seen one in person, but reports indicate it's more in the 2-3 oz of fill, summer-only coat class.

In GEAR » Warm hiker, cold camper layering question
March 05, 7:37am

Re: Folding an Alpacka raft
First, recycle that nice sil bag into something else. If you're going to put your raft in your pack (recommended) the bag is not a practical shape to emulate. When using the Dial method, fl...

In Packrafting » Folding an Alpacka raft
March 05, 7:32am

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