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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: Ice Axe Question
Luke, I think 60cm would be ideal for a walking/snow axe for you. Shorter axes work (I have a 43cm one) but self-arresting becomes clumsier with less leverage. I have a 70cm Corsa and would buy a...

In GEAR » Ice Axe Question
September 16, 10:37pm

Re: Re: Re: Unaweep
John, extrapolating off where I assume your pants are sitting, it looks like the belt is above your illiac crest. It seems like that's pushing the frame into your butt, mainly by allowing the ...

In GEAR » Paradox/SeekOutside Unaweep Pics
September 16, 10:33pm

Re: Smell
I think the scent-blocking or camoing thing is rather silly as well. Doping the wind properly is the beginning, end and middle.

In GEAR » Hunting clothing
September 12, 11:44am

Re: Light Bomber Tent/Shelter Options?
As others have mentioned, the top-shelf mids are the obvious answer here. I would not put Golite in this category, their lack of cat cut on panel seams makes their shelters very loud in high winds...

In GEAR » Lightest Bomber Tent/Shelter Options?
September 12, 11:42am

Re: That wind shirt ad light fleece combo thing
You're thinking too hard Brett. The Vapour-rise liner is 60 g/meter, lighter than the lightest baselayer fabric by half. You will not get comparable performance from a non-denier gradient she...

In GEAR » That wind shirt ad light fleece combo thing
September 12, 8:31am

Re: Re: Re: Re: John Muir Trail speed records - a question of style
Don't give in Art. 96% of the time HYOH just means "I'd prefer to not think right now".

In Philosophy & Technique » John Muir Trail speed records - a question of style
September 11, 12:19pm

Re: Re: John Muir Trail speed records - a question of style
"Fast packing is very new still." Nonsense. I had a ~2000 cubic inch UD running pack when I was 12. We're merely seeing the 2nd and 3rd post-nylon resurgence of the trend. Aar...

In Philosophy & Technique » John Muir Trail speed records - a question of style
September 11, 8:13am

Re: Argon Silnylon Pyramid Tarp - Hex
Missed this back in July. That is a gorgeous tipi. Very impressive.

In Make Your Own Gear » Argon Silnylon Pyramid Tarp - Hex
September 11, 8:04am

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Hunting clothing
The WT windshirt has a rather luckluster hood, that is. The WT tac windgear is good stuff. I like the pants in particular. Quiet for nylon, but not on the level of wool or fleece. I got wit...

In GEAR » Hunting clothing
September 10, 4:33pm

Re: John Muir Trail speed records - a question of style
"Isn't Brett's accomplishment still the gold standard? I think it is the only one that matters at this point?" Brett no longer holds the record it would seem, but yes, I agree ...

In Philosophy & Technique » John Muir Trail speed records - a question of style
September 10, 2:33pm

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