Dave Chenault


Dave’s parents met and started dating while working in a backpacking store, and he grew up backpacking. While his outdoor interests have waxed and waned since, human-scale exploration of wild places has always been one of the most important things in his life. From an early age he’s been both a minimalist and a gear dork. Contemporary ultralight techniques serve both ends, allowing him to think less about anything other than experience while on trips and forcing him to engage more fully with the wild by not hiding behind equipment. He’s gone through phases of climbing, canyoneering, and endurance mountain biking. At the moment his interests have adapted to living in northwestern Montana, and he spends his time packrafting, nordic and backcountry skiing, fly fishing, hunting, and of course backpacking our incomparable mountains.

Home: Kalispell, MT

Website: bedrockandparadox.com

Outdoor Organization Involvement: Director at Bob Marshall Wilderness Open | Research Volunteer at National Park Service

Favorite Training Grounds: Glacier National Park and the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex.

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