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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
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All Forum Posts by David Chenault

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Re: Station ID: 307
I'd say fairly soon, as it's supposed to crack into the 70s here in town the next few days. Badger is good because in many ways it's a worst-case example; fairly high, in thick forest,...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
April 20, 10:13am

Re: Camping close to TH and food storage in Glacier
No need for a truck, the Civic should be fine. If get a permit in the lottery, you can pick it up the afternoon of the day before. The preferred method as the office will be quieter. If you...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Camping close to TH and food storage in Glacier NP
April 17, 2:20pm

Re: Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 14
Clever Hiker has stepped things up substantially in their recent videos. Good stuff.

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 14
April 17, 11:12am

Re: Youngs/Lean-To
My recollection of the area is not recent, but Lean-To is certainly strenuous. That big bypass in the upper reaches looks intimidating for sure. My preference for that rather than the Woodens...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Dark Canyon, Utah, in May- guidance?
April 17, 11:10am

Re: Camping close to TH and food storage in Glacier NP
Your alcy stove will be good to go. I've never heard of any restrictions on stoves, a la the Sierra. A few BC camps allow fires, most do not. If you're looking for an easy place to cam...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Camping close to TH and food storage in Glacier NP
April 17, 7:32am

Re: Options
#2 with a side trip down below the Sundance into the lower narrows.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Dark Canyon, Utah, in May- guidance?
April 16, 10:30am

Re: Is it even possible to stay dry in a rain forest? Should I just give up?
A synthetic quilt/bag makes a big difference when there's just no break in the rain to do any drying. A bigger shelter would help mitigate the condensation issue, as would a double wall tent (...

In GEAR » Is it even possible to stay dry in a rain forest? Should I just give up?
April 16, 10:28am

Re: Cowboy camping and the bivy
Never.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Cowboy camping and the bivy
April 14, 10:27am

Re: Dark Canyon Wilderness
Good stuff Tim. According to reports the desert Bighorns are doing pretty well down there. My one trip down there involved a brief standoff with a ram at one of the bypasses around the pools down...

In Post-Trip Reports » Dark Canyon Wilderness
April 12, 11:01pm

Re: Help narrow focus for Southern Utah trip?
My first thought would be to find something as different as possible to provide a nice contrast. The Dark Canyon complex comes to mind, as does Kanab Creek in the Grand Canyon. Permits in the Gra...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Help narrow focus for Southern Utah trip?
April 12, 10:54pm

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