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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.
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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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Re: How does this pack fit look?
Looks pretty good to me. Alex's feedback about the middle bend may help you, or that issue may not be a big deal, likely depending on pack weight. Repost a photo with 20+ pounds and truth w...

In GEAR » How does this pack fit look?
July 06, 12:06pm

Re: Gear damage - suggestions please
Don't sew or glue anything to your pack Steve, highly unlikely you'll be able to match the stretch, and patches which don't match will tear out. Not familiar with the iron-on stuff, mi...

In GEAR » Gear damage - suggestions please
July 03, 7:48pm

Re: YELLOWSTONE bears do!
Eric, you are mistaken. It is quite remarkable that (to my knowledge) there has never been a Yellowstone area bear which has busted into a car or camper to get food. They certainly could if t...

In GEAR » PNW: Do Bears Break into Cars????
June 29, 8:18pm

Re: Planning Your First Backpacking Trip Out West
Thanks everyone. I had coffee with a new-to-Montana person last week, and talking to her about the logistics of backcountry permits in Glacier got me thinking about how tough it can be for neoph...

In Editor's Roundtable » Planning Your First Backpacking Trip Out West
June 29, 8:10pm

Re: Custe SP, Theodore Roosevelt NP, and MN.
TR NP has great dayhikes. The Petrified Forest loop has a ton of petrified wood, great views, and usually plenty of bison. My wife and I spent a few hours more than anticipated hiking that becaus...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Custe SP, Theodore Roosevelt NP, and MN.
June 29, 8:05pm

Re: MYOG Backpack Suspension Questions
Russell, I don't think the plastic sheet will do you much good in the end, aside from keeping stuff from poking you in the back. I'd get rid of it, as framesheets are just a weight-ineffic...

In Make Your Own Gear » MYOG Backpack Suspension Questions
June 25, 7:45am

Re: North Dakota: Little Missouri, TRNP, Maah Daah Hey
Great report Ryan. I've been meaning to do a biking and packrafting loop similar to yours (minus the NPs) for years. At 3 feet, how much paddling did you have to do to make river miles as f...

In Post-Trip Reports » North Dakota: Little Missouri, TRNP, Maah Daah Hey
June 24, 1:17pm

Re: South Fork Minimum CFS
900 is the lowest I'd go. 1200 is much better for the seven miles from the confluence to Big Prairie. From Salmon Forks down is good at any level. I've done it at 550 and that is very ...

In Packrafting » Bob Marshall packraft conditions alert
June 23, 12:35pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Six Packraft Loops in the Bob Marshall Wilderness
From what I can tell whenever you see what you want come up is the best time to buy used. Demand for packrafts seems to only be increasing, and the used market hasn't really come down in price...

In Editor's Roundtable » Six Packraft Loops in the Bob Marshall Wilderness
June 23, 12:33pm

Re: Re: Six Packraft Loops in the Bob Marshall Wilderness
Bradford, my usual packraft-specific gear for a summer trip in the Bob is a Yak with a cruiser deck, 4 piece paddle, simple foam PFD (you can get decent ones for 40 bucks), inflation bag and repair...

In Editor's Roundtable » Six Packraft Loops in the Bob Marshall Wilderness
June 22, 7:43pm

All Reader Reviews by David Chenault

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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