Please accept my application to test the Brooks Range Sharktooth Mini
Pro shovel. I have read the BackpackGearTest.org bylaws v. 0609
including, but not limited to, Chapter 5. I will exceed the listed
Name: David Bradish
Height: 6' 2" (1.9 m)
Weight: 170 lbs (77.1 kg)
Email address: davebradishATgmailDOTcom
Location: Southern California
Date: October 1, 2008
I started hiking in my teens in Arizona and New Mexico, primarily
focusing on winter hiking. Since 1991 I have hiked a lot with my
brother-in-law Ray mostly in California's Sierra Nevada range, and
the southern mountains. In winter I bring as much gear as necessary
to be safe and comfortable. For 3-season hiking I try to follow the
principles of ultra light. My 3-season pack weights for a three day
hike are in the teens with everything including food water and sat
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The time right around the holidays is hard for me to get out because
of family commitments but I average 2 dayhikes a month and one
overnighter a month in the winter.
We try to take at least one multiday Sierra trip in the winter. We
are thinking about Yosemite for 2008/09.
We always climb San Jacinto and San Gorgonio each winter, sometimes
multiple times or attempts. These trips start off in boots and then
go to snowshoes then crampons and reversed on the way back down. This
year we are going to attempt Mt Baldy also.
The temperatures in the mountains should be between 10 and 40 F I
would guess. I have seen it get lower in the Sierras. I will be at
altitudes up to 11500'.
I have been carrying a shovel while backpacking since I was 19. I
started my love of backpacking doing primarily winter trips in snow
climbing the mountains of New Mexico. I still love winter and am
looking forward to the first snowfall.
I will take the Sharktooth with me on all my snow trips this winter.
I will be using it to shovel off flat pads for my tent to be set up,
or for piling snow around it as a wind block.
I will also use it to dig an entry pit at my tent vestibule. This a
an area about a foot deep at the door of the tent. It makes it much
easier to get in and out of the tent while on snow and is a nice
place to put boots on in the morning.
I also dig and build a protective pit to use when I melt snow for
water. This is a combination of a multilevel hole to sit in and maybe
a wall to block wind if it is not too hard. If it is very hard I melt
it in my vestibule.
In the past Ray and I have used our shovels to dig out gear that had
gotten covered by a few feet of snow, dig outhouses out of 6 feet of
snow and even to uncover a creek about 8 feet down one time. We moved
a lot of snow for that one. I am sure I will be doing more things
like that in the future.
The safety reason to carry a shovel is to dig a hiking partner out of
the snow after an avalanche. I have never had to do it but must
always be ready to. Another is to dig a snow cave in the case of an
Here are some things that I will look at if I get the Sharktooth.
I will see what the right weight is of the shovel as it says
different things on the web page.
I will see if the handle will come all the way out of the shovel
instead of just collapsing down to its shortest length. I like to
carry the scoop in my outside pocket and the handle on the side of my
Both mine and Rays shovels have flat edges. I will see if the
sharktooth edge makes it easier to shave the snow when making a pad.
And if it digs any better.
Will the longer handle make it easier to get big scoops of heavy snow
or will it make it to where the scoop could get bent because of the
Will the handle be big enough for my hands to fit in it with big
Will it be fun to ride on as a sled? I will get a picture of it in
use for one.
I have no tests right now. I have applied for the Nomad jacket.
My stuff can be seen at
Thank you for considering me for this test.