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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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Hitching from the end to either Kalispell or GFalls could be an all day affair or longer. GF would probably be a little easier. I think flying into either, renting a car, and leaving it at the en...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
April 24, 2:29pm

Re: One month until kick-off
No worries Dan, it was an ambiguity worth clearing up. I hang my food and cook at least 50 yards from where I sleep. There is not too much traffic down the dirt road to Swift Reservoir, espec...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
April 23, 1:54pm

Re: Re: Re Wood Frame Pack
Thanks for the link, missed that the first time. Gorgeous work on the joints and finish.

In Make Your Own Gear » Wood Frame Pack
April 20, 10:46pm

Re: Swift Res.
The "official" finish is the south side TH and campground. It did not occur to me that anyone would think otherwise, but I'll make that more clear in the relevant spots. I'd str...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2015 Bob Marshall Wilderness Open
April 20, 10:42pm

Re: Narrowing Utah focus
I really like the Roost, I'd say it is both beautiful and harsh. The technical canyons are fantastic, but plenty of options without them. It is more similar to the Escalante than most other p...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Help narrow focus for Southern Utah trip?
April 20, 1:34pm

Re: Question about Polartec Alpha
I'm sure Alpha will degrade eventually. My assumption is that it will do so much slower than Primaloft, like the various kinds of Climashield.

In GEAR » Question about Polartec Alpha
April 20, 10:20am

Re: I need a specific size tent
Al, the BT2 might work for you. The entrance is definitely taller than 55 inches. I think you could get in and out by just standing straight up, but as I don't have similar issues cannot guar...

In GEAR » I need a specific size tent
April 20, 10:19am

Re: Wood Frame Pack
Super pretty George. I'm curious about what wood you used, and how you shaped it.

In Make Your Own Gear » Wood Frame Pack
April 20, 10:15am

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

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