Application to test AntiGravity Gear Mapdana
- Application to test
AT4 - Falls Village, CT through Katahdin, ME
February 1, 2005
Please accept my application to become a tester for the
AntiGravityGear Mapdana™ AT4 - Falls Village, CT through Katahdin,
ME. My tester agreement has been accepted and I have read the most
current version of the Survival Guide.
43 years old
5'7" (1.7 M)
150 lb. (68 kg)
My camping, hiking and backpacking experience has included trips
varying in length from one day hikes to two-week trips. My experience
hiking began with my father when I was about six years old. We hiked
along the river pathways in northeastern Ohio and western
Pennsylvania. While enjoying the outdoors with friends and family, I
spend time hiking, geocaching, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and
camping. Although I am not a lightweight backpacker, I am trying to
'lighten up' and primarily use an Ultra-lite Backpacker Asym hammock
March will hold two trips, both in Massachusetts along the
Appalachian Trail. During the winter, I snowshoe and am planning to
snowshoe along part of the trail in Maine. During the spring and
early summer, my children and I take off both on day hikes and
mid-week trips along northern New England sections of the AT.
I would carry the Mapdana along on my AT hiking trips, to use as both
a map and possibly a headband (my usual use for a bandana). I will be
hiking in sections from Massachusetts north, through Vermont, New
Hampshire and into Maine. The actual dates and length of each hike
will be dependent on the weather for the most part.
I am curious as to how accurate it is as a map both topographically
and as far as available trail services, etc. I've used bandanas for
many things in a pinch - for a mask when the wind picked up and I was
snowshoing, wrapped around a sprained wrist, soaked in ice water and
wrapped around my neck when overheated and to wrap 'precious' stones
my daughter found along a trail. I don't think I'd have a problem
giving the Mapdana a workout - a bandana is an incrediably useful
item, the question is, is a Mapdana a better bandana??
The majority of my testing will be done in northern New
England, where current day temperatures are in the -20 - 32 F ( -18 -
0 C ) range, with night temperatures falling to well below 0 (- 14 C
). Over the next four months the temperatures will range from - 20 F
(-29 C) to possibly 60 F (16 C). It is not unusual to have 30 in (76
cm) of snow on the ground by February. Most of my hiking is done
below 3000 ft (914 m), but some spring climbs go over 4000 ft (1219
m). There is a wide range of types of terrain on these hikes.
Everything from well maintained trails to hiking through heavily
wooded areas. Some trips involved backpacking into campsites and at
other times I set up camp and hike out from there.
I would love to give the Mapdana a try. I bought one a while back as
a gift and was very tempted to keep it. I am currently testing the
Slumberjack Ellesmere Sleeping Bag and the Ibex Shak Jersey. My
monitoring duties include the Superlight Lighthouse tent, C. Crane
Pak-Lite and the Gregory Products Halo. Thank you for considering me
for this test series.
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