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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
My PDF Gear ListWinter '14/15

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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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Re: Another bear attack. Should I get some spray?
Sounds like you need to do some research Max. Everyone worries about Griz, but there have been plenty of fatal black bear attacks, from Arizona to Ontario to New Jersey. Some have been predatory,...

In GEAR » Another bear attack. Should I get some spray?
May 13, 3:00pm

Re: First trip out west
Yellowstone is the place to go for wildlife. The bonus is that the park receives surprisingly little backpacking pressure, and unlike Glacier good permits are fairly easy to get even in August. Th...

In Pre-Trip Planning » First trip out west
May 12, 7:18pm

Re: Mee Canyon to Westwater, Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness (Backpack to Packraft)
Good stuff Tim.

In Post-Trip Reports » Mee Canyon to Westwater, Black Canyons Wilderness (Backpack to Packraft)
May 12, 7:07pm

Re: The Tullies-Puncture resistance for Alpacka
No idea what tullies are. I cut a ~2 inch long slit in the tube of my Yak years ago, under the waterline a few inches above the junction with the floor fabric. I rammed a sharp limestone ledge ...

In Packrafting » The Tullies-Puncture resistance for Alpacka
May 12, 7:07pm

Re: Glacier Park trip help
Assuming you've read up on routes and permit concerns, the gear issues for Glacier in August are pretty slight. Read up on bears and decide if you want spray, etc. Bring 40 feet of cord f...

In GEAR » Glacier Park trip help
May 12, 6:56pm

Re: extrapolating flow data
Looking forward to seeing you again Tanner. Mike, I'd spitball that the volume of the S Fork right below the White is about 3/5ths of the volume read on the Twin Creeks gauge. The Spotted B...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
May 12, 6:48pm

Re: pics.
Steve, I reckon you're overthinking this. If the Ohm transfers the weight you need to your hips, is stable, and doesn't chafe then it is getting the job done. If the shoulder gap prevents...

In GEAR » How should my backpack fit?
May 10, 6:42pm

Re: Re: Re: 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
90% certain there is no service at Swift Reservoir. Service is very poor at Owl Creek as well. Ordinarily the fishing in the Bob is exceptional, but high and murky water usually makes it more d...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
May 10, 6:36pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: how large is your pack?
Six shelters in the house btw (2 tarps, 2 mids, 2 tents). ;)

In GEAR » how large is your pack?
May 08, 9:29am

Re: Forecast is the new Snotel
noaa.gov for Condon and Pendroy.

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
May 08, 9:27am

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