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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.

I have given up on PMs due to their tendency to encourage poorly considered inquiries. Please contact me through my website. I enjoy pack construction and trip planning questions in particular.
CityThe Fish
StateMontana
CountryUSA
My Website URLhttp://bedrockandparadox.com
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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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Re: how large is your pack?
This question implies I only have one pack. Confused.

In GEAR » how large is your pack?
May 08, 7:55am

Re: Re: Re: Trail markings
A brief suggestion on final preparation for everyone: At this point there is little you can do for your physical state; your fitness will be what it will be at the end of this month. What you c...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
May 07, 11:21am

Re: Trail markings
Derek, well used trails are typically signed obviously. More obscure trails are signed less well (think 4" by 8" moss covered sign high on a tree off to the side) and occasionally not at...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
May 05, 8:28am

Re: Suggest a lightweight shoe for heavy loads and Wet+ technical terrain? Raptors, Salomon X Ultra ?
Micheal, I think your analysis was a very thorough one, and that the Ultra 2 and Ultraraptor should both work well. Buy whichever fits better. From your description I think Altra shoes would fi...

In GEAR » Suggest a lightweight shoe for heavy loads and lots of Water+ technical terrain? Raptors, Salomon X Ultra ?
May 05, 7:13am

Re: "Valley Uprising"
Not all things are equal Jeffery. Which is of course largely my point; there is something about free soloing which predisposes folks to make statements of dubious accuracy. Mortality rates "...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Valley Uprising
May 02, 3:30pm

Re: bold mountaineers
Yvon Chouinard started the eponymous piton company which became Patagonia. Royal Robbins did the second ascent of the Dawn Wall, and put the chisel away after the second pitch because of the quali...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Valley Uprising
May 01, 10:06pm

Re: Daypack
The Gossamer Gear Type 2 is a really nice daypack. Sophisticated shape, comfy shoulder straps, nice side pockets, and a removeable belt with large pockets.

In GEAR » Daypack
April 27, 9:13am

Re: Re: Re: One month until kick-off
Gordon Creek is typical of many creeks in the Bob; the volume and gradient are ideal for packrafting, but the flows seemingly rarely or never get big enough to clean things out. Finding good f...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
April 27, 9:10am

Re: New Paradox Unaweep Packs — Divide & Exposure
Kyle, I haven't seen either model in person. The Divide is intended to have backpacker-ish dimensions and features. The Exposure is a clamshell style bag.

In GEAR » New Paradox Unaweep Packs — Divide & Exposure
April 26, 9:57pm

Re: ...
Hitching from the end to either Kalispell or GFalls could be an all day affair or longer. GF would probably be a little easier. I think flying into either, renting a car, and leaving it at the en...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
April 24, 2:29pm

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