Application for Exped MultiMat
Please accept my application to test the Exped MultiMat. My test
agreement was mailed 2 July 2008. I agree to comply with all the
report requirements including Chapter 5 found in the BackpackGearTest.
org bylaws v. 0609, which I most recently read on July 2, 2008.
Name: Dawn Larsen
Height: 5' 4" (163 cm)
Weight: 165 lb (74 kg)
Email address: vicioushillbilly AT yahoo DOT com
Florence, South Carolina USA
Date: 2 July 2008
I used to backpack in college a zillion years ago and just recently
(in the last year) backpacked some private trails twice in Tennessee.
I have been an avid car-camper for ten years and I have kayak/canoe
camped for three years, both mostly in Tennessee, Missouri and
Arkansas. I use a lot of the same equipment for both. I hike
hilly/rocky trails especially in Tennessee and Missouri. I just moved
to South Carolina and am planning to check out the terrain here with
my fifteen year-old son.
I am currently on summer break and plan several trips through July and
August. For the car camping trips, I will be in a 4-person tent
sleeping on a canvas and wood camp cot with a self-inflating mattress
and summer sleeping bag. For backpacking, I will be in a 2-person
backpacking tent with the self-inflating mattress and summer sleeping
bag. If the pillow arrives early enough, the testing would take place
1. Missouri near the Current River car camping on private land in Van
Buren, July 14-17. Fairly hilly terrain, but we are car camping in a
field on a private farm. Temperatures vary, but usually between
80-95 degrees F (27 0 32 degrees C) daytime and 65-75 degrees F (18
24 degrees C) nighttime, generally very humid. It has been fairly wet
so there will be a good chance of rain.
2. Backpack trip on an approximately 7 mile section of the Ozark
Trail near Van Buren, MO from the 2.13 mi trailhead at Powder Mill
Ferry to just north of Stegall Mountain. I will pack in, spend the
night, and pack out, July 17 or 18. Trail is hilly, rocky, crosses
3. Tahlequah, Oklahoma on private land near the Illinois River, July
20-24. About the same terrain and temperatures as in Van Buren.
Oklahoma has been a little drier this season, however. We will be car
camping in a private field.
4. Arkansas on the Buffalo River July 29-31. We plan to car camp at a
private campground. Again, temperatures and terrain very similar to
the Missouri trip.
5. South Carolina at Dreher Island State Park Aug 11-13. South
Carolina is hotter with temperatures generally falling in the 90 100
degree F (32 38 degrees C) range during the day and 70 80 degree F
(21 27 degrees C) range at night. We will be car camping. It is
also drier in South Carolina. The soil is sandy and that particular
park sits in the middle of a large lake so it is very windy.
There may be other trips during these two months, as well. After mid
August, all car camping (every couple of weekends) will be in South
Carolina most likely in state parks. We especially like to camp in
the fall when the weather is not so warm. We also plan to do a beach
camp on weekend. Backpacking trips may crop up from time to time. I
hope to backpack a couple of South Carolina trails in the fall.
I would plan to use the MultiMat in several ways. First, This might be
a great answer to my lack of a footprint problem. I would try it as a
footprint when car camping for my 4 person dome tent on a riverbank
with the my camp cot (during my summer trips) to see if it is durable
enough to stand rocks. It would be even more important as a footprint
on my backpacking trips with my 2-person tent on rocky ground. I would
also try to sleep on it as a sleep pad for a night to see if it really
would be comfortable, doubling it and using it underneath my
uninflated, but foam sleeping pad on the ground one night on a car
camping trip and one night on a backpacking trip. I also bike to work
and to run errands. I am always needing a mat to spread on the ground
when I stop to rest or eat lunch. Sometimes my son and I bike to a
local park to picnic. I currently use a cheap nylon on one side,
flannel on the other side mat. It is flimsy and not padded. If the
MultiMat compacts well, it might serve to use as a groundcover to keep
in my pannier on my bike. Other considerations would be: how well it
cleans, how durable it is, how well it packs.
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Thank you for considering this application and thanks to Exped for
providing this MultiMat for testing Dawn Larsen.