Do you have a map on your sock?
- Probably not, but you *could* have a map and the official Appalachian
Trail data on your bandana.
BackpackGearTest in association with AntigravityGear is pleased to offer
three backpackers exactly the Mapdanas they need for this spring and
summer. AntigravityGear has four Mapdanas which together cover the
entire Appalachian Trail. TinMan, who owns AntigravityGear has said:
"Take what you need, but use what you take."
Applications are open for testers to creatively describe their
backpacking planned use of the Mapdanas. If you are about to embark in a
month on a full thru-hike, then ask for all four Mapdanas in your
application. If you are going to be doing backpacking in the areas
covered by one or two of the Mapdanas, then detail your plans in the
1) Mapdanas are described here:
2) I love detailed and complete applications in accordance with the
- Mapdana will not be counted against the newbie limit (i.e. you may
apply for this test even if you are doing another test, and even though
you get selected for this test, it will not eliminate you from
consideration for anther test.)
- Those applying need to have completed all requirements for testing
(two approved/uploaded ORs, tester agreement on file, etc.)
- International testers are welcome
- International testers applying (and all others) better describe
clearly what parts of the AT will be hiked during the testing months.
- The application period begins now and will be open until midnight on
Friday the 4th of February.
Those chosen can plan on the Mapdanas being in their hands by 1 March 2005.
That is all.
AntigravityGear Test Moderator
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- Application to Test Antigravity Mapdana
I have read the Survival Guide v.1202 and have re-sent my tester
agreement to Shane. I understand this test does not count towards the
Name: Kathryn Doiron
Height: 1.7 m (5' 8")
Weight: 77 kg (170 lb)
Email: kdoiron 'at' gmail 'dot' com
Location: Providence, Rhode Island, USA
Brief Background: I started backpacking and hiking seriously almost
three years ago. Most of my miles have been logged in New Hampshire
and Massachusetts. I have recently been looking at Vermont and the
Long Trail as a new source of miles. My style is to be as light as
possible while not spending a fortune. My pack weight tends to hover
around 30lbs. I discovered the Hennessy Hammock last year and have
been using it as a two person hammock. I recently had the chance to
use it solo and was quite pleased but a little cold.
Application: I am quite interested in testing the mapdana in order to
compare its use to that of a map. Will it be as easy to use?
Especially since it appears to be printed with North in a non-standard
location. I would also like to test how well the printing will hold
up under repeated washings. Will it also hold up to being used as a
pot cozy? Will it be able to handle sweat if I wear it, or use it to
wash the pot with. What other uses can this sized bandana lend itself
to. Will it be ackward to wear it wound around the wrist, as a head
band, or stuffed in a pocket? Will the printing still be clear after
repeated manglings or will it crack and become illegible.
I am also interested in how readable the writing on the side of the
Mapdana will be. Can I use it at night with a light? How well
labeled is the Mapdana. Will it adequtely show water and camp areas.
How easily readable are the contour lines and elevation markings?
Does it have trails other than the Appalachian trail. Would I be able
to enjoy day hikes off the AT or am I restricted to just the AT. Does
it state whether there are costs associated with staying at certain
shelters and if they are seasonal costs? How easy will the legend be
to read and understand.
If chosen for this test, I would like to test Mapdana #4. I would
mostly be testing along sections of the AT in Massachusetts, Vermont,
and New Hampshire. I would look into all of the above questions with
focus on ink durability under various abuses, and reliability of
checkpoints on the trail.
Owner Reviews Completed:
MSR WhisperLite Internationale 600 Stove - September 17, 2004
REI Elements Rain Jacket - October 1, 2004
Tests Selected for but not started:
Big Agnes Deep Creek