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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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re: bear can
Dan, cool that the NPS was flexible and let you do your trip. That should be a cool camp up high. Your XT wings will be just fine for everything you have in mind. The most appropriate footwear...

In Gear Lists » clothing list for Montana GNP
July 29, 11:24am

re: father-son trip
I agree, Grand Canyon is waay too hot during the summer. Head for the hills! #1: Glacier National Park grand loop -Highline Trail, Stoney Indian pass, Ptarmigan Tunnel, Piegan Pass, Gunsight P...

In Post-Trip Reports » Ultimate Father & Son Trip Suggestions
July 29, 11:21am

re: bear attack
Here's an interview with the woman who was mauled and survived: http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/montana-bear-attack-victim-deb-freele-speaks/story?id=11277179 The above report uses bad info for th...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » 1 dead, 2 injured in Montana bear attack
July 29, 11:09am

GNP clothing
I think your list looks pretty good (I hike in Glacier often). By MT standards, its actually been pretty darn hot lately, but it can snow just about anytime. I'd leave the long johns at h...

In Gear Lists » clothing list for Montana GNP
July 29, 10:43am

re: bear attack
The consensus of the news thus far seems to be that the unfortunate campers were doing everything right w/r/t food storage. A bear (I'm assuming it was a griz) returning to maul multiple peopl...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » 1 dead, 2 injured in Montana bear attack
July 29, 1:23am

Gabriel, I've yet to backpack in the 'snake, but mountian bike there almost every week and have dayhiked to some of the lakes you mentioned. They're all pretty similar, gorgeous lit...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Missoula: Rattlesnake Area Backpacking
July 28, 12:28pm

"simple" life
Before anything, I'd like to say that this is a great thread. Loads of very thoughtful responses. I define a simple life as being able to (mostly) take on the amount and type of stress I wa...

In Chaff » How do you save money and live a simple life?
July 28, 11:31am

MYOG pack
Jared, my wife found those on craigslist last year. They're heavy as all get out. She adores them, and will be psyched to know folks in internetland share her opinion. Javan, not totally s...

In Make Your Own Gear » Another MYOG pack
July 28, 10:04am

This is the final update, for real! Lengthened the shoulder straps with the yoke shown above, and changed the hipbelt (again). As David noted a little while ago, the straps were indeed too ...

In Make Your Own Gear » A very not light pack.
July 28, 9:57am

Another MYOG pack
The main inspiration for this project was the ULA Conduit/CDT, though elements from the Osprey Talon series and the REI Flash series made their way in. Straps and belt are from a Talon 1...

In Make Your Own Gear » Another MYOG pack
July 27, 10:24pm

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