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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

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About Me Social worker. Backcountry traveler and writer in my spare time.

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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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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

Re: One month until kick-off
No worries Dan, it was an ambiguity worth clearing up. I hang my food and cook at least 50 yards from where I sleep. There is not too much traffic down the dirt road to Swift Reservoir, espec...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
April 23, 1:54pm

Re: Re: Re Wood Frame Pack
Thanks for the link, missed that the first time. Gorgeous work on the joints and finish.

In Make Your Own Gear » Wood Frame Pack
April 20, 10:46pm

Re: Swift Res.
The "official" finish is the south side TH and campground. It did not occur to me that anyone would think otherwise, but I'll make that more clear in the relevant spots. I'd str...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
April 20, 10:42pm

Re: Narrowing Utah focus
I really like the Roost, I'd say it is both beautiful and harsh. The technical canyons are fantastic, but plenty of options without them. It is more similar to the Escalante than most other p...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Help narrow focus for Southern Utah trip?
April 20, 1:34pm

Re: Question about Polartec Alpha
I'm sure Alpha will degrade eventually. My assumption is that it will do so much slower than Primaloft, like the various kinds of Climashield.

In GEAR » Question about Polartec Alpha
April 20, 10:20am

Re: I need a specific size tent
Al, the BT2 might work for you. The entrance is definitely taller than 55 inches. I think you could get in and out by just standing straight up, but as I don't have similar issues cannot guar...

In GEAR » I need a specific size tent
April 20, 10:19am

Re: Wood Frame Pack
Super pretty George. I'm curious about what wood you used, and how you shaped it.

In Make Your Own Gear » Wood Frame Pack
April 20, 10:15am

Re: Station ID: 307
I'd say fairly soon, as it's supposed to crack into the 70s here in town the next few days. Badger is good because in many ways it's a worst-case example; fairly high, in thick forest,...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
April 20, 10:13am

Re: Camping close to TH and food storage in Glacier
No need for a truck, the Civic should be fine. If get a permit in the lottery, you can pick it up the afternoon of the day before. The preferred method as the office will be quieter. If you...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Camping close to TH and food storage in Glacier NP
April 17, 2:20pm

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