Tester Application December 2,2002
Black Diamond Flicklock Contour Trekking Poles
41 years old
I have hiked since I was about 6 years old both with my father
and in Girl Scouts. As part of a new backpacking group at work, I
will be doing overnight trips throughout the winter and into
spring. As a family we tent camp, backpack and canoe. We vary
from `heavy weight' to light weight- I'll never make it to ultra-light
weight. I also cross country ski with friends. Most of my
`adventures' are in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont,
Northeastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania. Part of my
enjoyment from hiking comes from my interest in wild plants and
cooking while outdoors.
During the winter I will be doing at least 4 overnight backpacking
trips. These will occur in Northern Maine and Vermont. On
average, night temperatures will range from 0-35 degrees F.
During the early spring, temperatures range from daytime highs
of 60, to nighttime temperatures below 45 degrees. Elevations
will most likely remain below 3500ft. Most of the terrain is rocky,
with some steep climbs. For the most part, I stick to easy to
moderate level trails.
My use of these poles would be from the standpoint of a new
user. Other than checking them out in stores, or using a long
stick while hiking, I have never hiked with poles. I am interested
in finding out if they would help with balance in areas that are
rough, and whether they would help to alleviate the pain that
develops in my knees on hikes that involve much climbing. I am
also curious as to whether the benefits of using them would
outweigh having to keep track of them. Other considerations
would be durability and ease of use.
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Links to Owner Reviews-
Field Guide-Edible Wild Plants
Guides/Plant Guide- Edible Wild Plants/
Gear/Dehydrators/Excaliber 2900 Dehydrator/Owner Revied/
I have read the `Survival Guide' (12/02/02) and agree to the
requirements and will submit reports in a timely manner. (v.