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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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StateMontana
CountryUSA
My Website URLhttp://bedrockandparadox.com
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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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Bechler hitching
Hitching in Yellowstone can be a pain, but there are enough people that eventually it'll work (with patience). Leaving the car at Old Faithful, hiking to Bechler RS, then hiking the S Boundary...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Ride to Yellowstone's Bechler Ranger Station from Kepler Cascades?
June 21, 4:04pm

lids
Don't evangelize about hiking your own hike. ;)

In GEAR » Dysfunctional Pack Design :)
June 19, 11:02pm

re: bando pack
Very timely Jamie. I'm looking forward to using mine more when my bigger trips can finally be done without skis or snowshoes. IMO the sizing is perfect, it forces you to be darn light and t...

In GEAR » TrailLite Designs Bandoleer Pack Update
June 19, 9:48am

re: pack lids
I agree with Serge on this. Guy must've been well educated. I've been leaving my lid at home more often than not for a long time, back into my Dana Design days (and climbing days, for t...

In GEAR » Dysfunctional Pack Design :)
June 19, 9:42am

JMT rainwear
Use your down and Ion and get a poncho tarp.

In GEAR » Need help selecting outer wear for the JMT
June 17, 1:51pm

stove and route
Did some stove testing last night. Pocket rocket wins over alcohol and especially esbit (2.5 v. 6.5 v. 11 minutes to boil 20 oz) and is thus going. Route is top secret!

In Gear Lists » Alaska Mountain Wilderness Classic 2011 Gear List
June 17, 1:47pm

re: re: hot food
Ti wing stove might not be a bad idea either. Body Glide, tape, and ibu and tylenol are all part of the (body) repair kit.

In Gear Lists » Alaska Mountain Wilderness Classic 2011 Gear List
June 16, 5:57pm

hot food
It's tempting Andy, I would save a pound. I'd prefer to get this list under 20. Probably a good idea to bring a headnet, though. The reason for hot food is that, beyond the calories/...

In Gear Lists » Alaska Mountain Wilderness Classic 2011 Gear List
June 15, 3:45pm

Alpha SL pullover
Willing to go lower still. Not much interest, it would seem. Would trade for a Shangrila 2 inner-net.

In Gear Swap » FS: Arc'teryx Alpha SL pullover
June 15, 2:32pm

Shangrila 2
The Golite web site leaves a lot to be desired. The aforementioned dimensions for the SL 2 are accurate, though it's a bit wider in the middle when you stake it out. The peak height (height...

In GEAR » Golite Shangri-la 1 & 2 dimensions
June 15, 2:29pm

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