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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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Undecent proposal(?): Trailstar for Duomid
What I got: a grey Trailstar. Seam sealed well but perhaps a bit excessively or indelicately (I'm not really a fine detail person). One hole from abrasion low on one of the sides fixed by lam...

In Gear Swap » Undecent proposal(?): Trailstar for Duomid
May 10, 10:39am

ridgerest
I assume you'll be hiking in the north of the park, as the rest will still be under snow (most likely). That's the lowest and thus warmest area, but temps below freezing are certainly not ...

In GEAR » Sleeping Pad for Summer Hiking/Camping in Yellowstone
May 09, 2:56pm

water carry
Here in Montana I usually carry a single, liter container in a side pocket. I refill often, as water is abundant. In the SW, when you might need to carry a gallon or two, I'd use MSR dromed...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Carrying Water
May 06, 4:16pm

Esca route
Nice trip, nice report. That right fork at Page is indeed the trail around/below Horseshoe Mesa. Grandview is my favorite trail down from the South Rim, such a cool place.

In Post-Trip Reports » Escalante Route: Grand Canyon, Arizona (Apr. 24-28, 2011)
May 06, 8:14am

fiddy mountain
Scott, Fifty Mountain is an absolutely specacular campsite. Perhaps my favorite in the park. Hiking from there to Many Glacier doesn't have too much uphill, and is all really good trail, with...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Glacier National Park
May 05, 3:05pm

Glacier BC camping
Scott, rangers give out a limited number of off trail BC camping permits. I believe the original intent was for folks climbing peaks to be able to bivvy up in the alpine. I don't have much in...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Glacier National Park
May 04, 6:34pm

re: northern loop
Scott, I think some of the outfitters/raft companies do shuttles up to Bowman and Kintla. Probably pretty pricey. If you've got a permit for the northern circle, I'd stick with that. Y...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Glacier National Park
May 03, 12:48pm

elk hair
Tad, usually tan, though I doubt it matter too much.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Planning a trip out west and needing some help
May 03, 7:50am

bears
My wife is rather bearanoid as well. Nothing you can do in the end, though there is plenty of research (Interagency Grizzly Team) that says spray is more likely to be effective than a gun. In e...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Planning a trip out west and needing some help
May 02, 4:15pm

re: Bob trip
Sounds like the beginnings of a good trip. I've never been up Silvertip myself, but that's a beautiful area and you'd be sure to see great stuff from the top. "Normal" Bob...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Planning a trip out west and needing some help
May 02, 1:58pm

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