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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: Millennials and the Backcountry
I don't disagree with the article, but I still can't find the specific evidence it gives that millenials are especially culpable in this regard. On the rare occasion the author cites examp...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Millennials and the Backcountry
July 25, 7:16am

Re: Bob Marshall 50mi Loop Recommendations
Fires are allowed just anywhere, just be sensible about it. Probability of wildlife is probably greatest in the North Wall area, more specifically in the upper reaches of the N Fork Sun. There is...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Bob Marshall 50mi Loop Recommendations
July 24, 8:18pm

Re: Re: Bob Marshall 50mi Loop Recommendations
Those are all good options, and popular for a reason. I could give you recommendations all day, but if you've never been any of those options are as good as any others. Hanging shouldn...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Bob Marshall 50mi Loop Recommendations
July 23, 8:11am

Re: New Panel Loader From ZPacks
Joe and John, nice work, looks well done. The #5 zip and especially internal compression straps will I think be key to longevity. The top cinch in stock form looks like a roll top without the o...

In GEAR » New Panel Loader From ZPacks
July 23, 8:07am

Re: Bob Marshall 50mi Loop Recommendations
Daniel, all three are solid options. Which you pick should come down to personal preference. A lot of option 1 burned last year. This can be good, in that you'll have more open views, and ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Bob Marshall 50mi Loop Recommendations
July 22, 4:48pm

Re: cutting off double layer in hood
Not worth doing, thing works well as is. I actually bought a LS crew and sold the hoodie. Fantastic sub 40F baselayer, and I liked the low profile neck better. I am considering buying the one ...

In GEAR » Patagonia Capilene 4 Hoody
July 20, 8:14am

re: packrafting
Here is a photo my wife took on Sunday's trip. Morgan Rucks, a distinctly non Scout sized person, running Kintla Creek rapid on the North Fork in our Scout. Warm weather does have it'...

In GEAR » Gear spew from the Packraft Roundup
July 15, 9:00pm

Re: Re: Re: Bob Marshall South Fork Hiking / Fishing
"Does one really need to change into clothes that werent used while cooking also or is that a bit extreme?" In my book it is indeed extreme, and I've cooked and eaten a lot of fi...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Bob Marshall South Fork Hiking / Fishing
July 15, 4:41pm

Re: Re: Re: ...APA Roundup
A repeat in 2015 is very likely. Hope your trip went well Aiden.

In Packrafting » APA Packraft Roundup, July 11-13
July 15, 4:35pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Gear spew from the Packraft Roundup
The proto UL Scout had a lighter vectran material in the tubes, and a much lighter urethene floor. Not sure what they'll end up with eventually. Doom was very enthusiastic about the performan...

In GEAR » Gear spew from the Packraft Roundup
July 15, 4:34pm

All Reader Reviews by David Chenault

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Patagonia DAS Parka
Please note: my comments pertain to the 2009 Primaloft One version of the DAS. I have to agree that this is not an ultralight piece of gear. Not insofar as the insulation goes (the P-One is great ...

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
January 27, 9:58am

Western Mountaineering Ultralight Super
SL, you must be a big dude ;) The only change I'd make to mine is to slim it down a bit, but I'm skinny. Otherwise, it's Western Mountaineering. Bomber quality and attention to deta...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
October 30, 11:34pm

Backpacking Light Ti Esbit stove
After seeing how well Chris Plesko's worked last fall, I had to have one. The wait for it to come into stock was long, and the price for something so small seemed silly, but it's now one of m...

In Stoves - Other
August 27, 10:14am

Evernew Titanium Sierra Style Cup
The previous reviewers thoughts on the limitations of the Sierra cup shape are well taken. It's small, and only works for certain circumstances, but in those circumstances it works very well. ...

In Cookware - Titanium
August 27, 10:05am

evernew ultralight 1.3l ti pot
I've had mine since 2004. It's been used with a Dragonfly, Esbit ti wing stove, and quite a lot on a campfire. The nonstick feature may not last forever, but the rest of it has been impressi...

In Cookware - Titanium
August 27, 10:00am

MSR E-Wing
I'm giving this a five because I have no complaints, provided you keep in mind what this critter is (small). The E-wing is not big enough to provide fail-safe solo protection for one person in ...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
July 31, 3:32pm

Black Diamond First Light
It might be. I've had my Firstlight since 2004. I pro-dealed one of the very first to hit the market. I seam sealed it thoroughly, and have been using it without fuss ever since. The desig...

In Shelters - Single Wall Tents
July 05, 2:27pm

Smartwool Beanie
I've yet to experience any stretch or sag with mine. It's warm but not too warm, tight (but not too) on my big head, and most importantly long enough to cover my ears. It wicks very well...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
May 19, 7:57pm

Patagonia Spraymaster
I like the stretchy fabric, I like the athletic cut (the medium is ideal for me at 5'11" and 160ish), and the minimal features. I don't care or expect much from breathability in a hard s...

In Clothing - Raingear
May 19, 7:47pm

Petzl Tikka
I have a first gen Tikka, bought in October of 2000. I change batteries when needed (hardly ever compared to my old Petzl Micro!), and replaced the stretched out elastic band several years ago (Petzl...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
December 06, 7:14pm