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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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Re: Utah canyons soon; water?
I haven't done the whole thing, and it was a while ago. I went in March and found Allen's water beta to be accurate. Brendan S was in there within the last two years, he'd be a good r...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Utah canyons soon; water?
March 02, 6:28pm

Re: Ideas please for a two-week-ish hike
If you can take some time in the next two months, I'd look at flying into Vegas and doing something in southern Utah. You can use the online permit system to see what's available in the Ne...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Ideas please for a two-week-ish hike
March 02, 1:04pm

Re: Carrying Olive Oil
Never had the little 2 and 4 oz nalgenes leak oil. Everything else I've tried has failed eventually.

In GEAR » Carrying Olive Oil
March 01, 9:28pm

Re: pictures would help
"The straps were too narrow just at my neck and it was pressing down on my first rib (you have a rib tucked under your collarbone - all the nerves from your neck drape over this so if you comp...

In GEAR » Pack that doesn't lead to shoulder pain
March 01, 9:24pm

Re: Pack that doesn't lead to shoulder pain
Any thoughts about why the Kelty worked when the Circuit didn't? My first two thoughts when I hear stuff like this, especially with women, are shoulder straps which are too wide and frames whi...

In GEAR » Pack that doesn't lead to shoulder pain
March 01, 7:17pm

Re: 48 hours with the Ancients
Awesome Kevin. Crazy-low snow in most of the west right now. Ti fork on your bike?

In Post-Trip Reports » 48 hours with the Ancients
March 01, 10:51am

Re: Re: Overall solid list
Missed the Waterton start. Highly recommended, much better hiking than the Chief Mtn alternate. You'll almost certainly need an axe and crampons whichever way you go. Descending Swiftcurrent...

In Gear Lists » Help me lighten up for the CDT
March 01, 10:42am

Re: Re: Lightest pack with a stay?
Excellent summary Luke. Trying to get a ~45 liter pack, which has durable fabrics and can legit carry 40 pounds, under 2 pounds total weight has been a question to which I've given a lot of th...

In GEAR » Lightest pack with a stay?
February 28, 7:38am

Re: Help me lighten up for the CDT
I think the Goretex jacket is a very good idea, especially in Montana in June. Last three years running I've come across SOBOs in either Glacier or the Bob lamenting their inadequate rain gear...

In Gear Lists » Help me lighten up for the CDT
February 27, 10:20am

Re: i feel left out...
The subject of Andrew Skurka's intentions is not in itself problematic. What is problematic is the personal attacks, which have largely taken place within the last 72 hours. Repeat offenders ...

In GEAR » Skurka and Sierra Designs team up for gear
February 25, 3:26pm

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