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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

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About Me Social worker. Endurance mountain bike racer, ultra-hiker, packrafter, BC skier, un-serious climber and canyoneer.

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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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2014 Bob Open
Bump for February. Our snowpack is in fine shape at the moment, at or above average for everywhere in the Bob complex. As usual, what that means for early June will depend on when and how fast ...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2014 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open: Marias Pass to Monture Creek
February 03, 11:36am

Re: Windshirt
I agree with Paul. The cutting edge of windshirts is trying to make something as light and almost as weather resistant as Quantum (for example), but breathes better. It's easy to make a calen...

In GEAR » Windshirt Question
February 03, 11:27am

Re: Re: Re: Zion, Coyote Buttes, Bryce Canyon looking for suggestions
West Rim out and back is easily doable in a day, the part up on the mesa is pretty flat. If you care to pay, you could book the Zion Adventure Co shuttle up there, hike down to the valley, then ta...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Zion, Coyote Buttes, Bryce Canyon looking for suggestions
February 03, 11:22am

Re: 4 piece or 2 piece paddle
4 piece for sure. When you need to pack your paddle in the pack, it'd really suck to not be able to.

In Packrafting » 4 piece or 2 piece paddle
February 02, 1:49pm

Re: Centraal stay
The stay must be shaped to the user. With these packs I found contouring the whole length exactly to my back got the best results.

In Editor's Roundtable » MYOG: A flexible frame for ultralight backpacks
February 02, 10:33am

Re: Zion, Coyote Buttes, Bryce Canyon looking for suggestions
Good options for June, when it will be quite warm. If you're doing technical stuff (even the Subway) make sure you have the skills. Other ideas: Orderville from the top down (if you can...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Zion, Coyote Buttes, Bryce Canyon looking for suggestions
February 01, 7:42am

Re: Ideas
"Maybe the hiking is so good that I should shut up and deal with it?" I'd be inclined to say so. The permit process really isn't that complicated. The main corridor sites do ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Southwest in mid-March: looking for suggestions
January 31, 10:59am

Re: Scrambling with the paradox?
You'll find it more stable and body-hugging than just about any burly internal with which I've had experience, due to the frame articulation and close center of gravity. The only thing whi...

In Editor's Roundtable » Paradox Packs Evolution pack system review
January 31, 7:07am

Re: Thanks
Best place for local conditions updates in the Glacier Park page. They'll start updating about road plowing in late April, which should give you a sense of how fast the snow is melting.

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Yellowstone and Glacier Area Trip
January 30, 5:28pm

Re: Major spots in Arizona
I applied for a mid-March Grand Canyon backcountry permit (8 day trip) on Monday and got my permit confirmation within 24 hours. I have no doubt Indian Gardens is full, but places like Cremation a...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Southwest in mid-March: looking for suggestions
January 30, 5:25pm

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