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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: Vapour Rise and Cap 4
-20 would be doable if you're working hard and the wind is on the mild side. Most of the time at that temp I'd want either more midlayer or more shell.

In Gear Lists » Northern Rockies winter list
December 23, 8:00am

Re: the fear is real
The solid trekking pole hit to the body will stun a grouse long enough for a good neck wringing. With a turkey I'd go for a neck shot with the pole. LT4s are probably not recommended for the ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » New Hazard: turkeys!
December 22, 11:03am

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Better than the Coolpix A (?)
Found a GR on sale yesterday and couldn't help myself. It should arrive next week and I'll have a little while to get used to it before heading to New Zealand next month. My wife has an...

In Photography » Better than the Coolpix A (?)
December 22, 11:00am

Re: Re: Re: Re: boots or shoes?
There's no cholla in the GC, ergo all cactus issues are by definition mild.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Advanced-Beginner Trips in the GC?
December 21, 5:44pm

Re: Re: turkeys
Funny. I believe the Hmong immigration of the 1970s is why California has a season for squirrels.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » New Hazard: turkeys!
December 21, 5:40pm

Re: Out of respect?
McHale had the patent since '91, a more than reasonable amount of time to profit from it. I assume the primary reason it hasn't been widely coopted is that people are used to the traditi...

In GEAR » Have any pack manufacturers adopted the McHale Bypass Harness design?
December 20, 8:42pm

Re: Re: Excellent!
I'd agree with Ralph that most GC hikes will demand a shoes on the burlier side of what you normally use, but that doesn't necessarily mean boots. So long as your feet are up to the task a...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Advanced-Beginner Trips in the GC?
December 20, 1:53pm

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

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