Application to test Topo expansion pack
- Please accept my application to test the Topo Expasion pack. I have
read the BackpackGearTest Survival Guide, version 1202, including
Name: Raymond Estrella
Height: 6' 3" (187.5 cm)
Weight: 200 lbs (90 kg)
Email address: rayestrella@...
City: Huntington Beach
Date: February 15, 2005
I have been back packing since I was 14 years old. By the time I hit
18 I was getting about 5 good hikes (multi day) a year, and day
hikes at least once a week. Last year I hiked over 280 miles. (448k)
My style of hiking is to get up early, and hike hard for most the
day. I rarely stop to cook at mid-day, but always have a hot
breakfast and dinner. I put the miles on, usually 15-18 miles a day.
(24-29 k) I like to get to my days destination early enough to enjoy
the afternoon. Most of my hiking is in the Sierras, my favorite
place on Earth. I have hiked all over California, and in Nevada,
Idaho, Washington state, and Minnesota.
As I am getting older, I am making a concerted effort to lighten
weight everywhere I can. I have gone from a packed weight for a 4
day trip from 50+ lb, to 30 lb. And I am always looking for ways to
cut it more, without giving up a comfortable tent, and cooking good
For 2005 I have trips planned to White Mountain, San Jacinto, and
San Gorgonio in winter. Mount Russell, Middle Palisade, Shasta, the
Mist Falls loop in King Canyon, and a big chunk of the John Muir
I own the Topo, California series, and use it extensively to plan my
hikes. The expansion pack would interest me most for the automatic
updates to newer and more accurate information. It will be
interesting to use the fly-by feature. An example that comes to mind
is my planned climb of Middle Palisade. As there is not an
established trail to this peak, I could route it out on the map,
then "see" it before I go.
Another thing to check is how seamlessly the program will mesh with
the existing software. Does it slow it down? Does it load as one, or
will it have to be started after the state series?
Thank you for your consideration of my application for this test.
My reviews are as follows
Big Agnes Seedhouse 2 Superlight
REI Traverse Trekking Poles
I have no tests in progress at this time.