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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.

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CityThe Fish
StateMontana
CountryUSA
My Website URLhttp://bedrockandparadox.com
My PDF Gear ListWinter '14/15

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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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re: winter camping
I had forgotten all about that post, thanks Jim. I wouldn't change much of that advice, except perhaps to add that it depends on conditions and personal preference. Get out and experiment...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Backpacking in the snow
September 07, 11:56am

big fish
Sandy and I both lost monster fish when they snapped our tippets. One particular 24"+ trout did so with practiced ease. I had a great view from my rock as I had him on for all of 4 seconds. ...

In Post-Trip Reports » Middle Fork of the Flathead
September 07, 10:38am

Middle Fork of the Flathead
Awesome trip, hiking in to Shaeffer Meadows and floating out to Essex: http://bedrockandparadox.wordpress.com/2011/09/06/the-indeterminacy-of-translation/

In Post-Trip Reports » Middle Fork of the Flathead
September 07, 7:37am

4 piece paddles
You can get most Werners as 4 pieces, they end up being the same size as anything else. In my mind anytime you say "packraft paddle" a 4 piece is assumed. Where's the TR Travi...

In Packrafting » Which packraft paddle?
September 06, 6:51pm

re: strangers
Well done sir.

In Editor's Roundtable » Mistaken for Strangers
September 06, 5:55pm

re: paddles
My insight: For a cheap, bomber paddle get a Splat. For a light paddle get the Sawyer. For a slightly heavier, much more high performance paddle get a Werner. Werner sub-section: If you wa...

In Packrafting » Which packraft paddle?
September 06, 10:43am

alpine lakes
My lake fishing experience is pretty slim, so take this with some salt: One might divide alpine lakes into two types, shallow ones with visible underwater features in which fish might take cover...

In Fishing » My tenkara story (and why you should too)
September 02, 7:46am

re: the tenkara epiphany
Great post and discussion. I'd dabbled in fly fishing for a while, and even had some good days out, before I got a tenkara rod last year. Since then I've spent mcuh, much more time fishin...

In Fishing » My tenkara story (and why you should too)
August 31, 12:04pm

re: shoulder season shoes
Mike, Hydroskin socks if you'll be getting your feet wet (stream wades, serious postholing), G-tex or the like if not. I've not had maceration issues with the former, but my feet don't...

In GEAR » footwear setup for shoulder seasons
August 28, 8:45pm

Eugenius pack
Fantastic.

In GEAR » Chris Zimmer creation "The Eugeneius Pack"
August 28, 3:26pm

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