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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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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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drybag shape
Lawson, one thing I'd like to see is a shorter and fatter drybag. One that you could put your sleeping bag in, for instance, and would come close to mimicking the width and breadth of my pack....

In GEAR » Drybag Feedback Wanted
August 01, 10:50am

Ben, can't speak for the Winds, but everywhere in Montana we had a cold, wet spring and early summer. Meltoff was thus delayed, and with it the mosquito cycle. Normally they're starting t...

In GEAR » Shelter for the winds next week.
August 01, 10:45am

Jason, check out and You'll find the Hazel Creek answer.

In Packrafting » Packrafting -- Eastern US & Ontario
July 29, 4:23pm

don't want to start the gun debate
Ike, the revolver is less likely than an auto to jam. A .44 mag round has much more power than a .45 ACP. I own guns for hunting. I carry Counter Assault for bear defense. Most of the hunters...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » 1 dead, 2 injured in Montana bear attack
July 29, 4:22pm

Holy deal batman! If only I had 700 clams to kick around.

In Gear Swap » FS: Alpacka Packrafts 2-Unrigged Explorers 1-Denali Llama
July 29, 3:07pm

re: keeping stuff dry
I prefer the multiple dry bag method, with drain holes in my pack so water can't pool in the bottom. I use the urethene laminated and sil Sea to Summits, mostly the former for confidence when ...

In GEAR » keeping stuff in pack dry: your techniqiues?
July 29, 3:05pm

bear "repellant"
Mike, data and the experts seem to have reached a consensus that pepper spray is more effective than firearms for getting bears to go away at close range. That being said, if you feel obligated to...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » 1 dead, 2 injured in Montana bear attack
July 29, 2:59pm

re: father-son trip
Ben, no need to preface being contrary! Arguing over destinations is the highest form of backpacking discussion. No arguments over seeing Yosemite. One cannot go wrong with the high Sierra. I...

In Post-Trip Reports » Ultimate Father & Son Trip Suggestions
July 29, 12:41pm

GNP shoez
"I'm going out with a traditional backpacking group so not getting much support for my choices on that end and in fact I'm being criticized on some of my gear choices (like the shoes)....

In Gear Lists » clothing list for Montana GNP
July 29, 12:36pm

bear attack
I blogged some analysis of the attack ( Nothing different than what I wrote above, but including some ma...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » 1 dead, 2 injured in Montana bear attack
July 29, 12:20pm

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