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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: RE: Re: Advanced-Beginner Trips in the GC?
The Deer-Thunder loop is sick. Extra points for the long cool drive in and the TH out in the middle of nowhere. I'd say it's a bit harder than the S Rim loops discussed thus far, if not...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Advanced-Beginner Trips in the GC?
December 19, 4:55pm

Re: Re: Grouse
In order: -Mule deer or elk backstrap -Mule deer or elk blade roast -Blue grouse -Wild Turkey -Whitetail backstrap etc.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » New Hazard: turkeys!
December 19, 9:52am

Re: Negotiating the Permit System: Six Western US National Parks
The ability to do 20-30 mile days makes a big difference getting walk-ins anywhere. It still helps in Glacier, but the 7 weeks spanning the end of July, August, and the first half of September has...

In Editor's Roundtable » Negotiating the Permit System: Six Western US National Parks
December 19, 9:44am

Re: Re: Re: Re: Seek Outside LBO vs. MLD Duomid XL vs. TT Stratospire 2
More tension on the lineloc'd guypoint sewn into the top of the flaps will solve that entirely (and add extra ridgeline support).

In GEAR » Seek Outside LBO vs. MLD Dumid XL vs. TT Stratospire 2
December 19, 8:14am

Re: Advanced-Beginner Trips in the GC?
It's a fairly big leap to go from the corridor backpacks to anything else, but it is way mo better in every respect. For 3-4 days I'd point you towards going down the Grandview trail, we...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Advanced-Beginner Trips in the GC?
December 19, 8:12am

Re: Re: Seek Outside LBO vs. MLD Duomid XL vs. TT Stratospire 2
The Shangrila 2 is the two pole design I have the most experience in during bad weather. I realize the struts and asymmetry of the SS2 might make it a poor comparison. The steep ridge line of t...

In GEAR » Seek Outside LBO vs. MLD Dumid XL vs. TT Stratospire 2
December 18, 10:20am

Re: Re: Seek Outside LBO vs. MLD Duomid XL vs. TT Stratospire 2
Paul, I'm curious about your experience with these three. I've never used a Stratospire, but based on my experience with other two pole mids would bet a fair amount that the LBO will wipe ...

In GEAR » Seek Outside LBO vs. MLD Dumid XL vs. TT Stratospire 2
December 18, 9:19am

Re: re: Yosemite
Good stuff Lori, info like that is invaluable to non-locals. It's been my experience, without fail, that if you call or show up to a backcountry office with well-researched questions and b...

In Editor's Roundtable » Negotiating the Permit System: Six Western US National Parks
December 18, 9:10am

Re: Re: Re: Re: Better than the Coolpix A (?)
Thanks Ian, that's a good one I hadn't yet seen.

In Photography » Better than the Coolpix A (?)
December 17, 10:48am

Re: Entry Level Frameless Packs After the GoLite Jam
I think the CDT is the best/closest approximation of the whole Jam package. ~130 makes it a very good deal.

In GEAR » Entry Level Frameless Packs After the GoLite Jam
December 17, 10:47am

All Reader Reviews by David Chenault

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Patagonia DAS Parka
Please note: my comments pertain to the 2009 Primaloft One version of the DAS. I have to agree that this is not an ultralight piece of gear. Not insofar as the insulation goes (the P-One is great ...

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
January 27, 9:58am

Western Mountaineering Ultralight Super
SL, you must be a big dude ;) The only change I'd make to mine is to slim it down a bit, but I'm skinny. Otherwise, it's Western Mountaineering. Bomber quality and attention to deta...

In Sleeping Bags - Mummy & Other
October 30, 11:34pm

Backpacking Light Ti Esbit stove
After seeing how well Chris Plesko's worked last fall, I had to have one. The wait for it to come into stock was long, and the price for something so small seemed silly, but it's now one of m...

In Stoves - Other
August 27, 10:14am

Evernew Titanium Sierra Style Cup
The previous reviewers thoughts on the limitations of the Sierra cup shape are well taken. It's small, and only works for certain circumstances, but in those circumstances it works very well. ...

In Cookware - Titanium
August 27, 10:05am

evernew ultralight 1.3l ti pot
I've had mine since 2004. It's been used with a Dragonfly, Esbit ti wing stove, and quite a lot on a campfire. The nonstick feature may not last forever, but the rest of it has been impressi...

In Cookware - Titanium
August 27, 10:00am

MSR E-Wing
I'm giving this a five because I have no complaints, provided you keep in mind what this critter is (small). The E-wing is not big enough to provide fail-safe solo protection for one person in ...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
July 31, 3:32pm

Black Diamond First Light
It might be. I've had my Firstlight since 2004. I pro-dealed one of the very first to hit the market. I seam sealed it thoroughly, and have been using it without fuss ever since. The desig...

In Shelters - Single Wall Tents
July 05, 2:27pm

Smartwool Beanie
I've yet to experience any stretch or sag with mine. It's warm but not too warm, tight (but not too) on my big head, and most importantly long enough to cover my ears. It wicks very well...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
May 19, 7:57pm

Patagonia Spraymaster
I like the stretchy fabric, I like the athletic cut (the medium is ideal for me at 5'11" and 160ish), and the minimal features. I don't care or expect much from breathability in a hard s...

In Clothing - Raingear
May 19, 7:47pm

Petzl Tikka
I have a first gen Tikka, bought in October of 2000. I change batteries when needed (hardly ever compared to my old Petzl Micro!), and replaced the stretched out elastic band several years ago (Petzl...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
December 06, 7:14pm