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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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Eugenius pack

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

re: Tongass fish

In Post-Trip Reports » Tongass National Forest, AK
August 28, 1:13pm

packa in winter
IF that sort of non-permeable but vented shell works for you and your metabolism and activity level, I see no reason that combo wouldn't work fine.

In GEAR » Question about the Packa
August 20, 9:13am

re: coal-wood-glitter
Bump! Josh, what route did you guys use going down Edgar to the Yanert? The brush we found in Dick Creek (going down the gut to the horse trail) was such a low point of the classic, and it...

In Post-Trip Reports » Coal Wood Glitter: The Third Time's A Charm (Alaska Range)
August 18, 8:29am

11 ft rod
I've not fishing that rod, but my understanding is that power to play bigger fish and reach are the main limits, perhaps casting into the wind as well. All the streams I've mentioned are...

In Fishing » Tenkara Fishing YNP
August 17, 10:14am

First priority has to be visiting Yellowstone. If you're going soon it is sure to be insanely, insanely crowded. Try at all costs to avoid any driving in the park between 930 and 4 or 5. I...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Bozeman, Montana
August 17, 10:03am

re: shoulder season
Very much looking forward to shoulder season and getting Glacier back from the circus. For me shoulder season is when I'll probably be hiking in snow at least a bit, but definitely won't...

In Philosophy & Technique » What is Shoulder Season backpacking?
August 17, 8:09am

re: Yellowstone tenkara
Good choice. The headwaters of the Firehole are also excellent. Your Iwana will do just fine in either.

In Fishing » Tenkara Fishing YNP
August 16, 8:35pm

Saw a big, fat, blond sow Griz with 2 huge yearling cubs in the 50 Mtn meadow on Saturday. They were eating roots and ran away once they smelled us.

In Gear Lists » 5 days in Glacier National Park (1st gear list. Need to cut weight.)
August 16, 7:59pm

Yellowstone tenkara
Depends on where and how you want to fish. The iconic rivers like the Firehole and Madison are Amago territory, IMO. Occasional big fish and strong winds. I like to fish the smaller side streams...

In Fishing » Tenkara Fishing YNP
August 16, 3:46pm

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