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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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CityThe Fish
StateMontana
CountryUSA
My Website URLhttp://bedrockandparadox.com
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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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Re: Re: Excellent!
I'd agree with Ralph that most GC hikes will demand a shoes on the burlier side of what you normally use, but that doesn't necessarily mean boots. So long as your feet are up to the task a...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Advanced-Beginner Trips in the GC?
December 20, 1:53pm

Re: RE: Re: Advanced-Beginner Trips in the GC?
The Deer-Thunder loop is sick. Extra points for the long cool drive in and the TH out in the middle of nowhere. I'd say it's a bit harder than the S Rim loops discussed thus far, if not...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Advanced-Beginner Trips in the GC?
December 19, 4:55pm

Re: Re: Grouse
In order: -Mule deer or elk backstrap -Mule deer or elk blade roast -Blue grouse -Wild Turkey -Whitetail backstrap etc.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » New Hazard: turkeys!
December 19, 9:52am

Re: Negotiating the Permit System: Six Western US National Parks
The ability to do 20-30 mile days makes a big difference getting walk-ins anywhere. It still helps in Glacier, but the 7 weeks spanning the end of July, August, and the first half of September has...

In Editor's Roundtable » Negotiating the Permit System: Six Western US National Parks
December 19, 9:44am

Re: Re: Re: Re: Seek Outside LBO vs. MLD Duomid XL vs. TT Stratospire 2
More tension on the lineloc'd guypoint sewn into the top of the flaps will solve that entirely (and add extra ridgeline support).

In GEAR » Seek Outside LBO vs. MLD Dumid XL vs. TT Stratospire 2
December 19, 8:14am

Re: Advanced-Beginner Trips in the GC?
It's a fairly big leap to go from the corridor backpacks to anything else, but it is way mo better in every respect. For 3-4 days I'd point you towards going down the Grandview trail, we...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Advanced-Beginner Trips in the GC?
December 19, 8:12am

Re: Re: Seek Outside LBO vs. MLD Duomid XL vs. TT Stratospire 2
The Shangrila 2 is the two pole design I have the most experience in during bad weather. I realize the struts and asymmetry of the SS2 might make it a poor comparison. The steep ridge line of t...

In GEAR » Seek Outside LBO vs. MLD Dumid XL vs. TT Stratospire 2
December 18, 10:20am

Re: Re: Seek Outside LBO vs. MLD Duomid XL vs. TT Stratospire 2
Paul, I'm curious about your experience with these three. I've never used a Stratospire, but based on my experience with other two pole mids would bet a fair amount that the LBO will wipe ...

In GEAR » Seek Outside LBO vs. MLD Dumid XL vs. TT Stratospire 2
December 18, 9:19am

Re: re: Yosemite
Good stuff Lori, info like that is invaluable to non-locals. It's been my experience, without fail, that if you call or show up to a backcountry office with well-researched questions and b...

In Editor's Roundtable » Negotiating the Permit System: Six Western US National Parks
December 18, 9:10am

Re: Re: Re: Re: Better than the Coolpix A (?)
Thanks Ian, that's a good one I hadn't yet seen.

In Photography » Better than the Coolpix A (?)
December 17, 10:48am

All Reader Reviews by David Chenault

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STARBUCKS VIA Italian Roast
Tastes good enough, tiny and easy to use. What could be better? It not being so darn expen$ive.

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
July 27, 2:17pm

Lara Bars Cherry Pie
Tasty, moist, tasty, good calorie to weight ratio, compact, resists deformation, doesn't freeze too bad in the cold, tasty, made of real food, and tasty! Bar-shaped food does not get any bett...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
July 27, 2:16pm

Patagonia Capilene 1 T-Shirt
Cap 1 seems to have changed very little since it was called silkweight capilene back in the day. It dries very quickly, wicks pretty well (though not as well as cap 2), and most importantly feels lig...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - SYNTHETIC
July 27, 2:12pm

Therm-A-Rest Ridgerest
I use a cut-down 48" Ridgerest on every trip. Bombproof, comfy, light, cheap. In winter, I add a full length under it. I actually sleep better on this than most inflatables, but realize I&...

In Sleeping Pads - Foam
April 11, 10:47am

MLD Trailstar
In summary: Aside from a bivy sack for good weather and race pace endeavors, I've sold off the rest of my shelters. It's a great cross of a pyramid and a tarp. Finished weight, seam sealed...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
April 11, 10:39am

Gossamer Gear ThinLight insulation pad 1/8" approx. 2 oz.
It's hard to get more warmth for the weight (or price). I like having a few pieces to add in as supplementary feet and/or torso pieces. It is quite fragile. Do not leave this on the outside o...

In Sleeping Pads - Foam
March 28, 3:18pm

FireLite Trapper's Mug
A very well designed cup. Light, but seems just as functionaly durable as Snowpeak or Evernew stuff. Ideal size for a soloist. The taller than it is wide shape is one I prefer for cooking on a fire...

In Cookware - Titanium
March 28, 3:03pm

Patagonia Houdini Wind Jacket
Note 1: This is a review of my 2005/6 Houdini. It's longevity is revealing (it may have been the Dragonfly back then, even). Note 2: If the price is outrageous, no one would buy it! The prote...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
January 29, 8:08pm

Patagonia Ready Mix Softshell Pants
I disagree with all Kev's objections, and desperately wish I could find more mediums to buy. The simplicity is what I love best. Actually, the perfect in all conditions from 70-10 F fabric is ...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
January 29, 8:00pm

patagonia down sweater
Note: I'm folding this review of the Down hooded pullover into this section because 1) the hooded p/o isn't made anymore, 2) the critical comments likely apply broadly. I really liked the d...

In Clothing - Insulating - Down
January 27, 10:07am