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David Chenault (DaveC) - BPL Staff

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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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Re: The "official" word
There you go. Thanks Derek.

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2016 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
August 07, 12:54pm

Re: Date change
Bikes in Wilderness is a grey area. Consensus in Montana (based on very little evidence) is that wheels cannot touch the ground, so break it down and carry it. That's the official policy in G...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2016 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
August 07, 11:58am

Re: Re: Re: Re: 2016 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
Tanner, date fixed. Thanks for catching that. Don, please don't offer rides or hang out offering handouts mid-course. Both of those things are contrary to the rules and spirit and anyone ta...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2016 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
August 07, 10:11am

Re: Hiking footwear, your top 5
None of them are made anymore. LaSportiva Crossleather LaSportiva X Country LaSportiva Fireblade The Altra Lone Peak is a good shoe, once they fix the upper and use better rubber it will be...

In GEAR » Hiking footwear, your top 5
August 07, 9:48am

Re: Selway Bitterroot?
Moose Creek a few miles below where the Elk Summit trail comes down to the creek has a gorgeous old growth cedar forest that goes on for a few miles. I would assume the fishing on the Selway would...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Selway Bitterroot?
August 06, 11:03am

Re: Re: Re: 2016 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
Start and finish are at the actual campgrounds.

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2016 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
August 06, 11:00am

Re: NZ Gear List for December
Your sleeping bag is probably overkill, a 32F bag is quite adequate unless you'll be doing some mountaineering. Sand flies are no joke. Long sleeves, long pants tucked into socks or gaite...

In Gear Lists » NZ Gear List for December
August 04, 1:14pm

Re: Yellowstone/Grand Teton Aug 11-25
Temps and bugs will depend on where you're going. Lows around freezing are certainly possible up at 9k or more, but days tend to be warm and daytime warmth lasts well into the evening. I'...

In Gear Lists » Yellowstone/Grand Teton Aug 11-25
August 04, 12:50pm

Re: Filtering glacial lakes water
It's a very minor issue, and only really applies to a handful of lakes. Generally Glacier NP water is very good and very clear.

In GEAR » Filtering glacial lakes water
August 04, 12:42pm

Re: New MLD Solomid owner with questions
Brad, where are you going in Alaska and what exactly are you worried about? Unless you have the misfortune or bad judgment to make camp in the midst of a tussock swamp I think a mid and bug bi...

In GEAR » New MLD Solomid owner with questions
August 04, 12:41pm

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