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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: Tonto Trail Thru
20 a day is very doable. 30 would be tough. The elevation gain in places will surprise you, as will the fiddly footing (brush). The big logistical challenge is getting to the S Bass TH. The...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Tonto Trail Thru
October 22, 5:41pm

Re: Skis
Those topsheets are better than the previous version. Look forward to a ski report at some point.

In Make Your Own Gear » Strathcona Pack
October 22, 5:35pm

Re: zpacks vs hmg
The Unaweep is good for heavy loads. I wouldn't put ~30 pounds in that category, and it that's your normal max HMG sounds like a good option. The only exception might be if you're a s...

In GEAR » zpacks versus hyperlite mountain gear backpacks
October 22, 3:36pm

Re: Strathcona Pack
Sterling effort, especially for a first pack. I can't take too much credit, but I will take it as personally gratifying that you avoided a bunch of common pitfalls. Sewing the straps into a...

In Make Your Own Gear » Strathcona Pack
October 21, 10:03pm

Re: Drom + platypus
My main dislike of bottles in the desert is that they provide nice hard edges which, whether in side pockets on the main body of the pack, do an uncanny job of rubbing against rock and building hol...

In Gear Lists » 13-day Grand Canyon Traverse
October 21, 3:56pm

Re: Mids: Supermid vs. Khafra vs. Oware
JC, if you're 6'4" and like plenty of room I'd recommend a mid longer in one direction than the classic ~100" sided jobs like the Supermid, Megalight, or Oware 9x9. When pitc...

In GEAR » Mids: Supermid vs. Khafra vs. Oware
October 21, 3:51pm

Re: re
If you do some advanced Googling on the Rokslide.com forum you'll find good photos of the Kifaru frames. A few folks over there have made their own bags or modded other brand bags to fit.

In GEAR » need help finding a frame pack
October 21, 3:44pm

Re: need help finding a frame pack
My biased (I test stuff for them) opinion would heavily recommend Paradox Packs. You can get an integrated frame/pack (the Unaweep), or a separate frame and bag (Evolution). Kifaru only works...

In GEAR » need help finding a frame pack
October 20, 6:28pm

Re: Dromedary
I would not trust a Platy as a primary container in a place like Grand Canyon. The 2.5 liter Platys are nice as a secondary/supplemental source, but a Drom with a hose is far more reliable. Nex...

In Gear Lists » 13-day Grand Canyon Traverse
October 20, 6:17pm

Re: Halloween weekend 2014 Utah trip info/ recommendations (Moab area)
Gordon, the first place I'd point you is the Needles district in Canyonlands. Probably the best place for a desert newb (which it sounds like you are). I'd check the permit availability c...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Halloween weekend 2014 Utah trip info/ recommendations (Moab area)
October 19, 1:29pm

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