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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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StateMontana
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My Website URLhttp://bedrockandparadox.com
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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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Avalanches: The Human Factor
An ongoing series over at Powder Magazine which is suggested reading for anyone who gets out in the mountains in winter. http://www.powder.com/human-factor/index.php?chapter=1

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Avalanches: The Human Factor
December 02, 12:04pm

Re: Pole jack modification for snow
Nice mod. My winter poles are long enough that I don't need pole jacks for my Solomid, but that's a trick to keep in the bag.

In Make Your Own Gear » Pole jack modification for snow
December 02, 10:41am

Re: Lawson Packs
X33 is good stuff.

In GEAR » Lawson Outdoor Equipment Backpack
December 02, 10:40am

Re: Cuben Fiber Monk Tarp
Site selection ends up being very important and unforgiving. For me another 3 feet of width adds a huge amount of function.

In GEAR » Cuben Fiber Monk Tarp
December 02, 10:37am

Re: Affordable Wind Jackets
Carlos, there are loads of windbreaker like the one Daryl points to which are dead cheap. Usually these fit poorly, and always the DWR is crap. You get what you pay for, in my book. Windshirts...

In GEAR » Affordable Wind Jackets
December 02, 10:34am

Northern Rockies winter list
In my profile. I'm pretty psyched on my clothing system these days. The system listed here works well for me, with minimal futzing, from 45 down to negative 20 or so. Questions welcome.

In Gear Lists » Northern Rockies winter list
December 02, 10:26am

Re: Bob
It'd be good to finally meet you Mike, and I'd be very interested in some stories from your ranger days.

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
December 02, 8:26am

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: mt biking in wilderness history
You'll have to take me at my word that I don't have a single, short, two sentence position on this matter. It's been an enjoyable exchange insofar as I've been given lots to think ...

In Philosophy & Technique » The inevitable bike legalization of the JMT
December 02, 8:21am

Re: MYOG: fabric update
I'd like to give folks a few updates on fabrics since I wrote this, in particular the 150D cuben hybrid. Meredith has been using the pack shown in the bottom photo all year, most notably a lon...

In Editor's Roundtable » MYOG: Backpack fabrics, features, and dimensions
November 30, 9:46pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: mt biking in wilderness history
The '84 mountain bike rule was a Forest Service administrative one; in statute easily reversed. But I think I said that a few pages ago. Some bedtime reading to complicate matters: https://ww...

In Philosophy & Technique » The inevitable bike legalization of the JMT
November 30, 8:13pm

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