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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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Re: Re: the Mikes on a Crown Traverse
Significant snow in the later part of September is actually rather uncommon (around here), and those last two weeks usually feature one of the biggest stretches of stable weather all summer (as the...

In Speed Hiking and Fastpacking » the Mikes on a Crown Traverse
October 06, 7:46am

Re: Fire damage
The east side trail along the S Fork between Black Bear and the Meadow Creek TH was apparently almost obliterated in many places, but given it's importance will certainly be back in place (and ...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2016 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
October 04, 11:16am

Re: Attaching webbing to daisy chain
Slick clips are the simplest solution. They're fragile when open but surprisingly tough when clipped.

In Make Your Own Gear » Attaching webbing to daisy chain
October 02, 9:51am

Re: Stay placement help
Two issues, which may or may not both be relevant. First, how you're attaching the stays to the belt. If you're putting a pocket on the belt itself for a direct connection doing so at t...

In Make Your Own Gear » Stay placement help
October 02, 9:49am

March is a lovely time for the south rim of the Grand Canyon. You'll need permits, and ideally to apply for them 4 months in advance. What trip will depend on your physical abilities, but if ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » LAS VEGAS???
September 24, 7:51am

Re: Packrafting
A packraft folds smaller and carries much better using the Dial method, which puts a fairly narrow, rectangular bundle up against your back. Having the boat inside also protects it from abrasion.

In GEAR » Paradox Unaweep vs. Exped Lightning 60
September 14, 8:01am

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: looks amazing
Frame, belt and shoulder harness are all identical. They have different features (pockets, etc) and are built for different frame heights (Divide 24", Unaweep 26").

In GEAR » Paradox Unaweep vs. Exped Lightning 60
September 13, 8:28pm

Re: Advice on 7-10 Day Trip?
I'd go to Yellowstone. 7-10 days is enough time to do a big C from near Mammoth all the way round Lamar and Yellowstone Lake to end at Old Faithful. Might be snowed on, will likely be cold, b...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Advice on 7-10 Day Trip?
September 10, 4:07pm

Re: "Warm when wet"
Heat of Sorption is a real thing with wool, because the fibers themselves suck up (and eventually) give off so much moisture. Plenty of scholarly discussion available. Whether it is consequential...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » "Warm when wet"
September 10, 4:00pm

Re: Sun cap/bandana/buff solution
I find even the UV buffs too hot for use as sun protection much above 50F. They are great for snowy, sunny days. I use a bandanna over a ball cap similar to the other folks here, but I sew a le...

In GEAR » Sun cap/bandana/buff solution
September 07, 9:48am

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