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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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Yellowstone in spring
Low snow year this year. Should have made the clearing easy. Word on the street is that the GRIZ are out and about early too. So if you're a spray kinda person, bring it. As for weather...

In Winter Hiking » how is yellowstone in the spring?
March 29, 10:16pm

Good score on the T3s, quite the rare boot these days. Hang on to them. Switchbacks get very good reviews as a solid, reliable up-down binding. Now the question is, what sort of New England BC...

In Winter Hiking » Backcountry/Tele Skiing
March 29, 10:10pm

FS: Down parka, Prolite 3, Tikka XP 2
1: Marmot Down parka Men's small, which my wife bought ages ago and hardly ever wore (maybe 10 times, total). Sewn through, but lots of loft. Big hood. Heavier ripstop fabric, with sh...

In Gear Swap » FS: Down parka, Prolite 3, Tikka XP 2
March 29, 11:51am

Salomons have never fit me. Alas. For me, aquasealing wear areas is standard practice on my shoes. Increases their life enormously.

In GEAR » New Salomons deflowered today
March 29, 10:16am

FS: Full length Prolite 3, Tikka XP 2 & Blue Superfeet
Please see other thread.

In Gear Swap » FS: Ful length Prolite 3 & Blue Superfeet
March 29, 8:59am

Sub 24 hour overnights
Bikepacking is a great way to get out for a quick camping trip. Here in Missoula we're lucky enough to have loads of great wilderness within an hours ride. I enjoyed some last night. h...

In Bikepacking & Bicycle Touring » Sub 24 hour overnights
March 28, 2:51pm

I woke up (literally) at 330 last night with the thought "there isn't enough snow!" Sure enough, an early morning snotel perusal give me good reason to think that a good 40% of this ...

In Gear Lists » Bob Marshall Spring skiing list
March 26, 9:21am

Mine's five years old, and I use it all the time. Great piece of gear. I'm always willing to pay a bit more for Patagonia. I find the fit works for me, the quality and DWR are unequall...

In GEAR » Patagonia Houdini $$$?
March 25, 10:45pm


In Gear Lists » Bob Marshall Spring skiing list
March 25, 10:37pm

Bob Marshall Spring skiing list
This saturday I'm headed out, solo, to ski from the Blackfoot TH to Holland Lake through the Bob Marshall. Three full days is the plan. List is in ze profile. The forecast is for warm we...

In Gear Lists » Bob Marshall Spring skiing list
March 25, 7:57pm

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