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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

My Locale Crown of the Continent
About Me Social worker. Backcountry traveler and writer in my spare time.

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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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Re: Canyonlands National Park - all 3 (or 4?) districts
Nice report Buzz and Peter. In my book, that is a much better bike route.

In Post-Trip Reports » Canyonlands National Park - all 3 (or 4?) districts
May 27, 3:46pm

Re: Finished right as it started hailing!
Nice job Nick. That trail down South Birch was impressively horrible. According to Spot data Morgan and Justin got down White River pass to the West Fork of the Sun this morning. Morgan will...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
May 27, 3:45pm

Re: Squamish vs Alpine Houdini for Wind / Rain Jacket
The Alpine Houdini is a waterproof rain jacket, just a very light one. The Squamish is a non-waterproof windshirt with a good DWR. Two different critters.

In GEAR » Squamish vs Alpine Houdini for Wind / Rain Jacket
May 27, 3:41pm

Re: high cushion shoes...trail opinions?
I used the Olympus 1.5s for the Bob Open. They absolutely reduce foot and leg fatigue, no question about it. For trail hiking I thought they were impressively light and agile, as well. I did...

In GEAR » high cushion shoes...trail opinions?
May 27, 3:40pm

Re: BMWO 2015
Brillant, unintuitive route Dan, and a smashingly fast time. The math is there, but had you asked me beforehand I probably would not have thought that would go in 2 days. I finished at 1100 thi...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
May 26, 6:50pm

Re: Poor media quality control
That video is hilarious. Calling Buzzfeed and HuffPo "media" is being rather generous.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Swedish man scares off brown bear
May 21, 1:25pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Helios 40 w/ bear can
I built it. Cascades Craftworks has sold the 150D stuff since early last year.

In GEAR » Katabatic backbacks
May 21, 1:24pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Helios 40 w/ bear can
I'm happy your pack makes you happy. I put six holes in my 150D hybrid pack in five months. Edit: Thanks Alex, had not noticed that addition. HMG might be in trouble.

In GEAR » Katabatic backbacks
May 21, 1:21pm

Re: Flashpoint - awesome breathability!
Encouraging report. Maybe the Flashpoint is more than just another PU laminate.

In GEAR » Rab Flashpoint: 6oz 3-layer rain jacket
May 21, 12:18pm

Re: Re: Re: Helios 40 w/ bear can
The 150D hybrid cuben is ~5.5 oz/yard, and far from bomber(1). Katabatic is smart to use the D-P fabrics they do, especially the V40 variations in the Artemis. In 5 years cuben packs will be on t...

In GEAR » Katabatic backbacks
May 21, 12:17pm

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