Please accept my application to test the Leki Trekking Poles.
I would be more than happy to test any of the poles but the following
is my order of preference:
1) Ultralite Ti AirErgo
2) Ultralite Ti AirErgo PA
3) Super Makalu AirErgo PA
APPLICATION - Leki Trekking Poles
February 28th, 2003
Name: H.L. Hussmann III
Height: 5'10" (1.78 meters)
Weight: 152 lbs. (69 kg)
Email Address: cheesetoss at hotmail dot com
City, State, Country: Murray, Kentucky, USA
I started backpacking about four years ago on a trip into the
Superstition Mountains outside of Phoenix Arizona. I had just
undergone knee surgery and was clueless as to how much I was over-
packing. The weather was 75F (24C) and sunny during the day, but got
down to 20F (-7C) at night. We packed in five miles straight up and
straight down and out by the same route the next day. In reality,
that first experience was a combination of unbelievable pain and
amazing self-discovery. Ever since then I have been hooked. I am
mostly into weekend trips, throughout Western KY, the Great Smoky
Mountains, the Ozarks, and Illinois. I am also into mountain biking,
spelunking, orienteering, and canoeing. I car camp for a week at a
time at least once and sometimes twice a year. I have also used a
great deal of my gear while traveling around the world on mission
trips to places like Trinidad and Tobago, Scotland, Ireland, London,
Belgium, and various locations in the Carribean. I am headed back to
Ireland in a few weeks and then my next major quest is a month long
backpacking trip in Thailand which I will take in May, by myself, no
itinerary, total heaven. Because of all of these different
locations, weather is never predictable.
I have many trips planned in the very near future which will be
perfect situations to carry a pair of the Leki Trekking poles.
1) Backpacking the North South Trail in Land Between the Lakes, KY -
Four people will pack in under whatever climatic situation nature
hands us. We will pack in approximately five miles and out by
another route for 5 miles. The trails range from mud to gravel, to
packed leaves during this time of year. Temperatures will probably
be around the 45F (7C ) to 25F (-4C ) range and the weather could be
anything from sunny and cool to freezing rain or snow.
2) One Month Solo Trekking Trip to Thailand - I am headed to Thailand
May 7th and will return to the states on June 7th. I have no
specific plans except to arrive in Bangkok and see what happens from
there. I will be traveling alone but from everything I understand it
will not be long staying at hostels before I have met friends and
make travel plans together. I will be backpacking the entire month
over great stretches of the countryside, possibly hitchhiking as well
at times. I will bounce around in the back of a pickup truck on a
side trip to Angkor Wat Cambodia where I will spend two to three days
walking through the ancient ruins there. The poles would be perfect
for that and especially for the several days in which I am planning
to hike into tribal villages in the mountains near Chiang Mai in the
north of Thailand. I am only planning on taking a single carry on so
I would be interested to report if I am allowed to carry the poles in
my bag. I will gladly include this information in my report. I
think that the flexible tips might be a factor in allowing me to take
them. If I am not allowed to take them on the plane I will still
check them and use them during my time in Thailand.
3) Day hikes around Land Between the Lakes in Western KY. I will
commit to at least two full day hikes at LBL during the testing
period and two more long walks in other local areas. The ground will
be gravelly, sandy, or muddy depending on the paths we take.
4) Orienteering in Southern Illinois or LBL. I intend to get some
topographic maps of one of these areas and head out with a compass.
I will be off trail so the poles will be a necessity. The ground
will be varied terrain covered with leaves and it will entail a great
deal of hill climbing and descending.
I plan to focus on several things in my reports for these poles.
1) The Grip - Is it comfortable? Does it promote sweating in warm
weather and is it comfortable and not too cold in cool weather? How
durable is it? I will notice what kind of shape it is in initially
and specifically note its conditions after six months of use.
2) The Straps - Are the adjustable straps convenient, easy to adjust
3) Shock Absorption - I have had one knee blown out before and lately
the other knee has been acting up a bit. Nowadays I only carry a
self-made walking stick with me as I have always considered poles to
be too expensive for their value to me. I will be extremely
interested to see if having poles, specifically shock absorbing
poles, will help me recover more quickly from a weekend of packing.
I will carefully monitor my recovery time from all trips and report
on the impact these poles have. I believe that many people in my
situation would fork over extra money if poles like this can
legitimately take some pressure off their knees.
4) Aesthetics - Basically, do the poles look good? Do they still
look good after six months? How much wear and tear occurs? Does the
paint flake, do the tips wear down, are the straps still solid?
Thank you for your consideration. I have read the latest version (v.
1202) of the survival guide and agree to abide by the guidelines
contained therein. I agree to post all complete reports at or before
the appropriate times.
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