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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

My Locale Crown of the Continent
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: Glacier National Park Backpacking
Logistics in Glacier can be quite the nuisance. The free NPS shuttle on GTTSR is reliable, but transferring at Logan makes it time consuming. In years past Glacier Park, Inc ran a pay shuttle alo...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Glacier National Park Backpacking
April 04, 7:28am

Re: Re: The Grand Eight
Todd Martin's Grand Canyoneering made the planning not so complex. I know Todd well enough to trust him to be meticulous with route information. The book is geared towards technical canyoneer...

In Post-Trip Reports » The Grand Eight
April 03, 2:00pm

Re: mildly confusing.
Kevin, I'd recommend a windshirt and a hardshell for this sort of thing. The windshirt gets worn 95% of the time, with layers underneath adjusted to suit. The hardshell goes over the whole de...

In GEAR » Advice for a hardshell for early spring and late fall.
April 03, 1:56pm

Re: Re: The Grand Eight
Andrew, here's a quick sketch. Almost a figure 8 if you add in the driving. http://www.hillmap.com/m/ag1zfmhpbGxtYXAtaGRychULEghTYXZlZE1hcBiAgICA7ZPwCQw

In Post-Trip Reports » The Grand Eight
April 03, 1:49pm

Re: Kudos!...... and packrafting downstream?
"Or, have the NPS embraced the packraft as a legitimate way to explore the river (without a GC river permit) and adjacent canyons?" Thankfully the answer is yes. The NPS deserves c...

In Post-Trip Reports » The Grand Eight
April 03, 1:41pm

Re: Thoughts?
Do the full Narrows. La Verkin is rather dull by comparison.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Zion national park June 20-25
April 03, 8:06am

Re: "The Grocery Sack Grows Up: A Genealogy of the Modern Ultralight Backpack"
Tony, that Litepac catalogue is very cool. Thanks. Beyond RayWay the trail gets very diffuse, and the print evidence even thinner. That '82 Backpacker article is about the only thing I cou...

In Editor's Roundtable » The Grocery Sack Grows Up: A Genealogy of the Modern Ultralight Backpack
April 03, 7:56am

Re: Advice for a hardshell for early spring and late fall.
First, don't plan on wearing a hardshell below freezing unless you're getting wet snow or the wind is super strong with a dangerous windchill. Relatively poorly breathing hardshells do eve...

In GEAR » Advice for a hardshell for early spring and late fall.
April 03, 7:52am

Re: Six Moon design Fusion vs. Paradox Unaweep for 40-50 pound loads?
Michael, that's a tough one because few if any consumers have used either pack. I had a phone conversation with Kevin Timm at Paradox where he asked me a few design questions before he went ah...

In GEAR » Six Moon design Fusion vs. Paradox Unaweep for 40-50 pound loads?
April 03, 7:41am

Re: What footwear for The Narrows Zion?
Mercelo, you got some bad info somewhere. The Narrows as a backpack is a point to point route. All the campsites are at least a couple (fast) hours from the drop-off point. I'd recommend g...

In GEAR » What footwear for The Narrows Zion?
April 03, 7:27am

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