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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
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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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re: Helium II
I tested one for a limited about of time this past fall (didn't have much time between when the sample arrived and the onset of cold weather, and I almost never have cause to use a WPB jacket N...

In GEAR » Outdoor Research Helium II Rain Jacket
January 19, 11:46am

Glacier National Park, circa 1933
Recently I had occasion to be an NPS patrol cabin (volunteering with wolverine DNA research), and found the above old map. A time when more money existed for trail building, evidently. I took...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Glacier National Park, circa 1933
January 19, 7:20am

windbrief
Wind briefs are key, I've had to improvise with a stuff sack on a few trips that got colder than I thought. Currently I used a pair of capilene boxer-briefs with non-coated .9 oz ripstop sewn ...

In GEAR » windproof boxers or briefs
January 18, 7:11pm

re: Glacier in August
Hi Michael, back from the woods (Glacier!). I don't know the details about the airport shuttle, having never used it myself. Flathead-Glacier Transport has a very rudimentary website, with ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Best one week hike in lower 48
January 18, 6:12pm

re: pack dry times
Those graphs look great. Give us all the data. For me, this is hugely important attribute, and one I bet many packs will do horribly with.

In GEAR » Pack Dry Times
January 18, 5:55pm

re: NPS trail reports
The trail status page on the Glacier NP backcountry site is updated somewhat often in May-June, as the BC rangers are getting back on the job, installing bridges, opening campgrounds, etc. Some tr...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Best one week hike in lower 48
January 15, 10:46am

re: one week in the US
As I imagine you've already realized James, the not needing a car bit will be tough. Public transit in the US is generally non-existent. You can do Glacier NP without one though. Commercia...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Best one week hike in lower 48
January 15, 8:58am

re: 145 Hok first impressions
Got the 145s wet today. I think Kyle's summary in the first post can't really be improved upon. While I used the 125s this past spring a lot, it was never in powder, to say nothing of ...

In GEAR » First impressions of the Altai Hok Skis
January 14, 7:16pm

rolling reviews
A word on reviews, which is blatant thread drift and my opinion (as a BPL contractee) only: There's a tough, often impossible balance when reviewing gear between comprehensiveness and timeli...

In Editor's Roundtable » Hyperlite Mountain Gear Porter / Expedition Pack Review
January 12, 6:29pm

re: journalistic style
John, I'd response to your critique by saying that such bland style is why I find so much journalism specious and boring. Everyone writing about any thing has an opinion and bias going in, why...

In Editor's Roundtable » Hyperlite Mountain Gear Porter / Expedition Pack Review
January 12, 7:39am

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