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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: Ice Axe Question
Luke, I think 60cm would be ideal for a walking/snow axe for you. Shorter axes work (I have a 43cm one) but self-arresting becomes clumsier with less leverage. I have a 70cm Corsa and would buy a...

In GEAR » Ice Axe Question
September 16, 10:37pm

Re: Re: Re: Unaweep
John, extrapolating off where I assume your pants are sitting, it looks like the belt is above your illiac crest. It seems like that's pushing the frame into your butt, mainly by allowing the ...

In GEAR » Paradox/SeekOutside Unaweep Pics
September 16, 10:33pm

Re: Smell
I think the scent-blocking or camoing thing is rather silly as well. Doping the wind properly is the beginning, end and middle.

In GEAR » Hunting clothing
September 12, 11:44am

Re: Light Bomber Tent/Shelter Options?
As others have mentioned, the top-shelf mids are the obvious answer here. I would not put Golite in this category, their lack of cat cut on panel seams makes their shelters very loud in high winds...

In GEAR » Lightest Bomber Tent/Shelter Options?
September 12, 11:42am

Re: That wind shirt ad light fleece combo thing
You're thinking too hard Brett. The Vapour-rise liner is 60 g/meter, lighter than the lightest baselayer fabric by half. You will not get comparable performance from a non-denier gradient she...

In GEAR » That wind shirt ad light fleece combo thing
September 12, 8:31am

Re: Re: Re: Re: John Muir Trail speed records - a question of style
Don't give in Art. 96% of the time HYOH just means "I'd prefer to not think right now".

In Philosophy & Technique » John Muir Trail speed records - a question of style
September 11, 12:19pm

Re: Re: John Muir Trail speed records - a question of style
"Fast packing is very new still." Nonsense. I had a ~2000 cubic inch UD running pack when I was 12. We're merely seeing the 2nd and 3rd post-nylon resurgence of the trend. Aar...

In Philosophy & Technique » John Muir Trail speed records - a question of style
September 11, 8:13am

Re: Argon Silnylon Pyramid Tarp - Hex
Missed this back in July. That is a gorgeous tipi. Very impressive.

In Make Your Own Gear » Argon Silnylon Pyramid Tarp - Hex
September 11, 8:04am

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Hunting clothing
The WT windshirt has a rather luckluster hood, that is. The WT tac windgear is good stuff. I like the pants in particular. Quiet for nylon, but not on the level of wool or fleece. I got wit...

In GEAR » Hunting clothing
September 10, 4:33pm

Re: John Muir Trail speed records - a question of style
"Isn't Brett's accomplishment still the gold standard? I think it is the only one that matters at this point?" Brett no longer holds the record it would seem, but yes, I agree ...

In Philosophy & Technique » John Muir Trail speed records - a question of style
September 10, 2:33pm

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