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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: Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 4
Good stuff Damian, I'm enjoying it. The hair cutting scene in episode 3 is still my favorite moment.

In Editor's Roundtable » Beyond Our Boundaries: Episode 4
April 24, 12:46pm

Re: opinion
All very true, and buying from a company or retailer with good customer service is often worth paying a higher price. I have a list of companies with whom I'll never do business again after th...

In Editor's Roundtable » Black Diamond Alpine Start Hoody review
April 24, 12:45pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Irrational Solo Fear
Nice one Doug! On several occasions I've woken in the middle of the night when a frickin deer tripped on my guyline. I try to avoid camping near animal trails, but in busy places like t...

In Philosophy & Technique » Irrational Solo Fear
April 24, 12:41pm

Re: No Worries, David Chenault!
Thanks Valerie; the iPhone and are still aren't getting along very well. I did the Tonto from South Kaibab to Hermit in August years ago. It was actually quite enjoyable. I brought a tarp,...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Grand Canyon down to the river
April 24, 12:36pm

Re: Hydration port on a pack bag vs. running hose out the side of a roll top closure?
Michael, in your place I'd ask Seek Outside to put in the hydro port. I've run the hose through a rolltop on different packs, and I find it a nuisance. I know Kevin Timm prefers to pu...

In GEAR » Hydration port on a pack bag vs. running hose out the side of a roll top closure?
April 24, 12:31pm

Re: Outdoor Research Helium Bivy for stealth alpine camping
Unless you use the bivy a ton, durability would be fine. Nothing compared to the beating a fabric gets under packstraps. I would assume breathability would be less than ideal, especially if you&#...

In GEAR » Outdoor Research Helium Bivy for stealth alpine camping
April 24, 7:42am

Re: Irrational Solo Fear
I think everyone had, and to a limited degree still has, this fear. It's like climbing and the fear of heights and falling; it never goes away, you just get a better understanding of yourself ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Irrational Solo Fear
April 23, 2:52pm

Re: DaveC
"At best it just doesn't add anything to the thread." We'll have to be content with respectful disagreement on that one. If you can't have a discussion about something wit...

In GEAR » Tent Tech
April 23, 2:48pm

Re: Canyon Experience
Do a 3-4 day loop in Canyonlands, Needles district to start. Do a week in Dark Canyon next, hit Coyote Gulch and the Escalante for 3-5 days, finish with rim-river-rim on the North Kaibab. At th...

In Pre-Trip Planning » 20-23 Days/Nights to Backpack...
April 23, 2:39pm

Re: slippery sleep system
I have beads of aquaseal on the bottom of my Thermarest. Works well.

In GEAR » slippery sleep system
April 23, 2:37pm

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