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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

My Locale Crown of the Continent
About Me Social worker. Endurance mountain bike racer, ultra-hiker, packrafter, BC skier, un-serious climber and canyoneer.

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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: Continued: New member trying to find out where to buy fabrics.
www.cascadecraftworks.com for more esoteric and high end fabric.

In Make Your Own Gear » Continued: New member trying to find out where to buy fabrics.
June 10, 10:04am

Re: APA Roundup
You've got an email Luke. Richard, nothing is certain for future years, but assuming turnout is as good as seems likely I imagine this event continuing.

In Packrafting » APA Packraft Roundup, July 11-13
June 10, 10:00am

Re: Paradox Unaweep
Eli, here are some pictures of my 3900 cubic inch Unaweep: http://bedrockandparadox.com/2014/05/05/paradox-unaweep/ That's a 26" frame pictured, and I have a 21" torso. I'm a hu...

In GEAR » Paradox Unaweep
June 10, 7:09am

Re: Good early June backpacking areas
The sky island and semi-alpine areas in Arizona, New Mexico, and southern Utah are probably a safe bet. Not too hot, not too buggy, reliably snow free. Alternately, some of the wet canyon hikes (...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Good early June backpacking areas
June 09, 7:52pm

Re: PCT or CDT during winter
Most of the GDMBR in Montana gets lots of snowmachine traffic in the winter, though plenty of it is along roads which get plowed. It would be much less of a wilderness experience, though section l...

In Winter Hiking » PCT or CDT during winter
June 09, 7:46pm

Re: PCT or CDT during winter
There are no resources on this because no/few people have thought seriously about doing it or done it. With good reason; it'd be an undertaking orders of magnitude harder than the summer versi...

In Winter Hiking » PCT or CDT during winter
June 09, 7:40pm

Re: Thanks Dave!!
Please do! Hope you have a great time.

In Packrafting » Packrafting trip ideas for a novice
June 09, 8:49am

Re: Suggestions for new hiking pants?
I have an older version of the Gi pants, and I like the fabric a lot. I have the Rock Crafts, and they're ok, but I'd prefer a lighter, non-stretch fabric. Plus the snap at the waist is s...

In GEAR » Suggestions for new hiking pants?
June 09, 8:47am

Re: Ideal torso sizing
"Do you think the vise-grip feeling I'm getting with the Arc Blast is a result of my trying to shorten down the torso length in a manner that is inconsistent with the pack's original d...

In GEAR » Zpacks Arc Blast sizing question
June 09, 8:45am

Re: Water levels in a month??
I think 5-6k @ Twin Creek is a reasonable guess for early July. This is a dandy level for the White River and the South Fork. If you go as far north as Black Bear Creek, just be aware that a few ...

In Packrafting » Packrafting trip ideas for a novice
June 08, 2:45pm

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