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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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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

Re: synthetic material of choice for jacket with frequent stuffing/unstuffing
Apex for sure. The Kifaru is pretty light given the insulation weight and fairly burly fabrics.

In GEAR » synthetic material of choice for jacket with frequent stuffing/unstuffing
September 04, 7:12am

All Reader Reviews by David Chenault

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MSR Dromedary Bag (w/ hydro kit)
Some things I don't want lightweight. This is one. When I'm in the Grand Canyon or Escalante, a hard 10 hour hike to the next water, I don't want to worry about anything getting a hole i...

In Hydration - Water Storage Containers
December 06, 7:10pm

Patagonia Ready Mix Softshell Jacket
I bought this jacket when it first came out, the welded seams were awesome. And so they remain. The hood on this jacket is the best I've even seen. Works with no hat on my head, works just as...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
December 06, 7:03pm

Patagonia the company
Patagonia has put a new zipper on my Houdini, replaced an R2 with a blown zipper with another without question (in the outlet store, and gave me full retail credit for the 2 year old jacket), and sold...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
December 06, 6:55pm

Osprey Talon 22
I use my Talon 22 for day hiking, scrambling and peak bagging, but foremost for technical multi-day mountain bike trips. I've squeezed a few three day hikes out of it in summer, too. For all the...

In Backpacks - Frameless
December 06, 6:51pm

Granite Gear Vapor Trail
I have an early Vapor Trail, '03 model I believe. Back when it only cost 100 bucks and didn't have the strange hydration port on the bottom of the extension sleeve. Mine's been used pe...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
December 06, 6:40pm