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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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Folks, I'd love to go hiking with ya'll. I'll be around, and will keep in touch here once my work situation develops. Psyched to go backpacking!

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 5 Night/6 Day Trip in Montana
May 11, 1:33pm

sites and sites
Travis, yes and yes. I'd warn that most sites in GNP have pretty hard ground.

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Which Glacier Campground?/Catch a ride?
May 11, 1:32pm

Polebridge camping
Travis, given that Polebridge is bordered on the west by national forest, you could just camp anywhere by the side of the road (if you make it that far) for free. The St. Marys campground is per...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Which Glacier Campground?/Catch a ride?
May 11, 12:23pm

MT trip
Chris, I might be interested. Would depend on my unpredictable work schedule, so I won't be able to say for a while. Southern Yellowstone comes to mind for scenic value and good fishing. S...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 5 Night/6 Day Trip in Montana
May 11, 12:19pm

re: THE BOB!
So many choices! The Bob is big (duh) and surprisingly heterogenous in its terrain. Where you go ought to be determined by your preferences (high mountains, lakes, river valleys, forests) as well...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Bob Marshall Wilderness - Trail Suggestions?
May 11, 9:46am

I answered my own questions (http://vimeo.com/11645116), and started a thread in MYOG.

In Winter Hiking » Karhu Karver
May 11, 9:28am

MYOG approach/bushwack/spring touring skis
The video (http://vimeo.com/11645116) says most. Some construction details: Fishscales are simple angled divots across the base of the ski. Freehanded with a dremel sanding wheel. They work w...

In Make Your Own Gear » MYOG approach/bushwack/spring touring skis
May 11, 9:26am

waterproof mits
Luke, others will have to comment about the MLD mitts. If you want something burly, the OR Endeavor Goretex Mitts are very nice. Seam taped, and in my experience quite waterproof. They were gr...

In GEAR » UL waterproof mitten shells
May 10, 8:35pm

BD, public!
Black Diamond was the hardgoods side of Chouinard. Chouinard sold it to employees (in '86?) after being the subject of numerous lawsuits. Hard not to be cynical about the acquisition of a...

In GEAR » Black Diamond and Gregory have been bought.
May 10, 8:32pm

shipping times
We got our grey Trailstar in just about six weeks exactly last fall. I like the grey. A good stealth color, but still lets a bit of light in.

In GEAR » MLD Duomid or Trailstar
May 10, 8:28pm

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