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Kevin Sawchuk (ksawchuk) - BPL Staff

My Locale Northern California
About Me I have been backpacking since I was five. I am a neurologist with an understanding wife and three children. My family enjoys backpacking and just about anything else outdoors.

In 2004 I set the supported record on the John Muir Trail--3 days and 21 hours--which was eclipsed in 2007. I finished my 10th Western States in 2009 and proudly wear my 1000 mile buckle. A nap in an off-trail sunny meadow is one of my favorite ways to spend an hour. Skinny-dipping in high mountain lakes is a major practice of my religion.

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All Forum Posts by Kevin Sawchuk

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FS: Polarguard Bag, Coccoon Bag, Patagonia Puff synthetic
For Sale: SOLD!! Nearly NEW (used 1 night) BPL Cocoon 180, regular length in loose stuff sack it came in. 17 oz. You can read about it here: I would feel comfortable giving it a 40F rating. ...

In Gear Swap » FS: Polarguard Bag, Coccoon Bag, Patagonia Puff synthetic
July 30, 5:35pm

Re: adjustable trekking poles with small (hand) grips
Get a 10-20cm carbon fiber extender for your REI junior poles and continue using them.

In GEAR » adjustable trekking poles with small (hand) grips
August 14, 1:02pm

Re: Calling all Yosemite veterans
Unlikely to get below 25F and 30F is more likely. Canyons are worse than surrounding higher country.

In GEAR » Calling all Yosemite veterans
August 14, 12:48pm

Re: The Updated Foot-Care Kit
Nice article Darin. Thank-you! The differences between Leuco and Kinesio are 1. stretch in one dimension for Kinesio which makes it easier to apply especially on irregular surfaces like feet. ...

In Editor's Roundtable » The Updated Foot-Care Kit
July 23, 1:25pm

Re: Still My Favorite Cook Kit
Nice article Darren. This is a similar setup to what I use as well. I substitute a BPL 1100ml pot and short caldera cone for your pot and the titanium screen but love the simplicity of Esbit. ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Still My Favorite Cook Kit
June 25, 2:59pm

Re: ISPO 2014, Munich
If anyone from Gore is listening: Please improve your products and debate the relative merits of testing standards instead of using heavy handed legal techniques to improve your market share and...

In Editor's Roundtable » ISPO 2014, Munich
February 26, 10:19am

Re: Hyperlite Mountain Gear UltaMid 2 Shelter Review
Perhaps the design has changed but an aggressive caternary cut in the corner seams really wasted space at the edges in the version of this that I have. I initially purchased it for winter use but ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Hyperlite Mountain Gear UltaMid 2 Shelter Review
February 12, 10:43am

Re: Avalanche Safety for Backcountry Travelers
Yes. Excellent point that I could have made more strongly. Micro terrain dictates significant differences in risk. You've got to develop an eye for it.

In Editor's Roundtable » Avalanche Safety for Backcountry Travelers
December 08, 2:39pm

Re: Re: Re: Some important corrections...
Billy: Same reason I'm always willing to loan my triple antenna beacon to a newbie with a lesser device! If it's needed you want the person looking for you to have the best.

In Editor's Roundtable » Avalanche Safety for Backcountry Travelers
December 04, 4:04pm

When I took my level one course ~5 years ago snow pits and avalanche study kits were covered. Given how differently snow can behave short distances apart I usually dig only 1-2 snow pits per trip ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Avalanche Safety for Backcountry Travelers
December 04, 3:21pm

All Reader Reviews by Kevin Sawchuk

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Bear Vault 500
Bear vault gave excellent and prompt service in replacing a bear vault canister. They were upfront and honest.

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
September 11, 10:54pm

Golite Pinnacle Pack
I'm not sure this would have enough support for long winter ski trips but it is an excellent and comfortable pack when you need extra volume for high loft clothing/bags/pads. I've sewn on my ...

In Backpacks - Frameless
November 21, 1:37pm

ULA Conduit
Convenient, durable, love the waist belt pockets (I won't buy a pack without them). Very comfortable and stretchable to a week. My only complaint is that when packed with a bear canister the mai...

In Backpacks - Frameless
November 21, 1:31pm

Light My Fire Spork
How often do you need a fork? For salad (rarely taken), pasta (break it into smaller pieces)? I still use this thing for its versatility but I'm not sure why. It is harder to hold than a plain ...

In Cookware - Other
November 21, 1:02pm

Petzl e+LITE
I really love this light for around camp chores/eating. It isn't quite enough for hiking even when around my waist. I'd like to see a bigger difference between "dim" and "br...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
October 25, 1:40pm

ULA Circuit
I really like this pack. It is very light and for the weight durable. I've done some bushwacking with only minor punctures where a sil-nylon pack would be shredded (Cartridge Creek to middle for...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
August 29, 12:24pm

Patagonia Men's Wool 2 Crew long sleeve
I've loved my Smartwool and Ibex ultralightweight layers and wanted to compare the Patagonia item. It was hard to compare fabric weights, but the Patagnoia Wool 2 item is about the same weight of...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - WOOL
December 20, 9:52am

Patagonia Micro Puff Pullover
You can get more insulation for less weight with down, but for moist climates or using when it's REALLY cold (and you're wearing it while moving) it's a great package of warmth and light weight.

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
January 08, 7:33pm

Patagonia Houdini Wind Jacket
Extremely light and compressible. Very breathable and water resistant. I've used mine for several years and finally (sucessfully) reapplies the DWR coating when water stopped beading on the jacket. ...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
December 28, 11:57am

Knot Prussik 7mm
Just to start the climbing topic I submit as an ultralight hero the Prussik Knot. With pound plus ascenders smirking behind the cliff who can resist the friendly, useful, and light little knot that l...

In Climbing Gear & Accessories
December 14, 1:57pm