APPLICATION FOR BLACK DIAMOND COSMO
I would like to apply to be one the of the Black Diamond Cosmo
testers. I have read the requirements for being a tester and the
reporting requirements and I AGREE to comply. I have completed the
Tester Agreement and submitted as required. I am also familiar with
the BGT Survival Guide. The last version printed and read is v.
1202. Thanks for the opportunity to apply for this test.
PERSONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
46 years old
5' 11" (180 cm) in height
229 lb (104 kg) in weight
Email address: apriest@...
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
I have been hiking in Western Australia for approximately six years.
The first year consisted of regular day hikes on tracks in the
South-West of Western Australia including the Walyunga, John Forest
and Serpentine National Parks. For the past five years I have been
regularly walking with the Perth Bushwalkers Club on various hikes
which have ranged from all on-track to all off-track day hikes, again
in the Perth region. In 2001 I began leading day walks for the club
(mixture of off and on-track hikes) and started going on my own
overnight hikes including an eight day hike on the Bibbulmun Track.
In 2002 I began taking a more active role in the Perth Bushwalkers
Club including leading an increasing number of backpacks with an
emphasis on off-track hikes. Since 2003, I developed my leadership
program, leading weekend or longer walks nearly every month of every
year since then. I have also end-to-ended a number of long-distance
tracks including the Costal Plains Walk Track (3.5 days) (three
times), the Cape to Cape Track (seven days), Bibbulmun Track (60
days) and the Larapinta Trail (16 days) as well as completing a walk
of the Fitzgerald River National Park (7 days). I would consider
myself a lightweight winter backpacker.
If I am accepted as a tester, I would test the Black Diamond on
bushwalks undertaken in the south-west of Western Australia.
The hiking environment of the south-west of Western Australia allows
for hiking and backpacking from coastal plains to forested ranges.
Elevation ranges from 0 feet to 1 920 feet. Within this region I hike
in varying conditions from forestry roads, to sandy tracks to single
purpose walking trails, to rock hopping, to beach walking to
completely off-track through open and dense bush country.
Weather conditions for this area range from hot summer conditions
(generally dry but often punctuated by cyclones) from December to
March to relatively mild Fall - Winter - Spring conditions from March
through to December. During this the summer period day time
temperatures average 86 F, whereas from March through to December the
day time average temperatures range from 59 F to 79 F. During the
Fall, Winter, and Spring periods the normal weather pattern is fairly
wet with frequent heavy rain storms evident. It does not normally
snow in Western Australia.
Fall, Winter and Spring months (March to November) are considered the
normal or best bushwalking months for this area, however, I commence
bushwalking in January/February leading night backpacks.
PROPOSED TEST PROGRAM
Over the next four months I will be undertaking at least two weekend
backpacks during the field reporting stage and the same over the
long-term testing phase, a minimum of eight days, four nights out
backpacking. Often these weekend walks are extended to include a
Friday of camping as well. Where possible I endeavour to double the
backpacking and/or camping time during the test period. Generally
these hikes involve walking both on and off-track and "wild camping"
(i.e., no shelters) but may also include camping on the Bibbulmun
Track, Munda Biddi Track or Coastal Plains Walk Trail, all of which
includes shelters. I would also look to using the Cosmo on any night
geocaching ventures. Also I am looking at the possibility of up to a
week car-camping during the long-term testing phase so would use the
Cosmo on those camp nights as well. All up around 5 to 10 nights in
the field is likely.
As the Black Diamond Cosmo is more a close-range headlamp (18 m
distance range) my testing will focus on using the headlamp around
camp rather than as a trail or off-trail walking headlamp. That is
the Cosmo would be used during normal camp activities such as
cooking, setting up camp (tents etc), reading and just potting around
camp. In particular my testing would focus on:
* Level of proximity lighting provided. How well does the Cosmo
provide light at the three levels of intensity for myself as a wearer
of corrective glasses and one who has poor night vision;
* Durability of the Cosmo. How does it survive in my pack; does it
turn on easily in my pack?
* General functioning of the Cosmo. How easy is it to turn it on/off
and scroll through the lighting intensity levels whilst wearing the
Cosmo. How easy is to work the tiltable head feature;
* Comfort of the Cosmo.
* Weatherproofness of the Cosmo. It will be tested during the winter months.
* Durability of the batteries during normal backpacking use.
I have previous experience testing lights for BackpackGearTest.org
having tested the Petzl Tikka XP and Tektite Micra Lithium Flash light.
PREVIOUSLY WRITTEN REPORTS
Two Owner Review/Tester Reviews:
Petzl Tikka Plus Headlamp - Test Completed
Spectrum Brands Insect Repellant - Test Completed
Granite Gear Stratus Latitude - Field Testing
Big Sky Products Better than Fleece Convertible Jacket - Field Testing
Big Sky Products Evolution 1P - Long-term Testing
Wilderness Wear Kosciuszko Socks Test - Long-term Testing
Previous Owner Reviews/Test Series:
Sierra Designs Osage Sleeping Bag test
Red Ledge Cirrostratus test
Carrix trolley - Owner Review
Sea to Summit Lightweight Dry Sacks - Owner Review
Mountain Safety Research Overland Carbon poles test
Shock Doctor Ultra 3 Footbeds test
Mountain Safety Research (MSR) Missing Link test
Watchful Eye Designs O.P. Sak barrier bags test
Cascade Designs Therm-A-Rest ProLite 4S Sleeping Pad
Outdoor Research Rocky Mountain Packcloth Gaiters
AntiGravityGear Mama's Kitchen Cook Set
McNett SEAMGRIP SEAM SURE [Water Based]Seam Sealer - Owner Review
Tektite Micra Lithium Flash light
Bite Trail Low Sandals
Leatherman Squirt S4 multitool.
Granite Gear Nimbus Ozone 3800 backpack test
MSR SuperFly canister stove - Owner Review.
Enertia Trail Foods Single Meal test.
Red Ledge Voyager Rain Gear test.
Birdiepal Junior Umbrella test.
Duray Socks test.
Black Diamond Approach Trekking Pole - Owner Review.
Macpac Cascade - Owner Review.
Map Mate Digital Map Measurer - Owner Review.
Once again, thanks for the opportunity to apply for this test.