REVISED APPLICATION - Peak Assorted Meals - Sheila Morrissey
- Same application, I just forgot to check what the magic words in the subject line were
supposed to be!
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "S" <geosheila@...> wrote:
> Please accept my application to test the Peak Camp'nTrail Foods. I have read the tester
> reporting requirements and agree to comply. I have also read the BackpackGearTest
> Survival Guide, Version 0609, including Chapter 5. My Tester Agreement is on file.
> TESTER BIO
> Name: Sheila Morrissey
> Age: 27
> Gender: Female
> Height: 5'8" (1.7 m)
> Weight: 155 lb (70 kg)
> Email Address: geosheila(at)yahoo(dot)com
> City, State, Country: Goleta, California, USA
> Date: December 3, 2007
> BACKPACKING BACKGROUND:
> I have been backpacking since 2005. So far, my trips have all been from one to three
> nights in either in Los Padres National Forest or in the Sierra Nevada with friends and
> dog, Patch. My pack is usually around 25 lb (11 kg), including consumables.
> FIELD INFORMATION:
> I expect the Camp'n Trail Foods test will run from approximately January through March.
> During that time, I will take some impromptu overnight backpacking trips within Los
> Padres National Forest. Elevations will range from 4,000 to 6,000 ft (1,200 to 1,800 m)
> and temperatures will likely range from freezing to 60 F (16 C). I will not backpack in
> but might encounter light snow. My one trip that I have planned right now is to Sykes
> Springs in the northern section of Los Padres. I expect to go out there in early January.
> TESTING PLAN AND STRATEGY:
> I have no food allergies and can eat all of the ingredients in the meals I saw on the
> Camp'n Trail website. Chili, noodles, rice, chicken or beans are all fine by me for a nice,
> warm winter meal. I learned on another meals test last year that while I definitely prefer
> home cooked meals, pre-packaged meals are amazingly simple and great to have for
> impromptu weekend backpacking trips. I hope to find some meals that I like even more
> their taste.
> During the testing of the Camp'n Trail Foods, I will address the following four issues
> anything else that comes up
> 1. TASTE: Do the meals taste good? Do they taste the way they "should" taste given the
> meal title on the bag? How do they smell? Are the meals generally too gritty, salty, or
> bland? Are any of the meals great with tortillas or some other food I carry along? What's
> the consistency?
> 2. COOKING: Of these meals, are any ready-to-eat, or do they all require cooking? Can I
> cook them in their pouches? I will probably cook these meals on my Esbit stove, which
> means I will have no control over the cooking flame, unless my hiking partners have a
> better stove option. Will I burn or otherwise destroy these meals unintentionally, or are
> they fairly easy and just require that I add boiling water? In cold weather, I'm guessing
> boiling water will get cool rather quickly, do the meals really get fully heated and
> in the time listed on the pouches?
> 3. SERVING SIZE: Are they generous enough for one? Two? Will I want added vegetables
> with my meals to add to the serving size?
> 4. PACKAGING: I assume I will bring all the meals in the field as packaged. How do I
> the packages to cook the food? Will they stand up reliably on their own?
> CURRENT TESTS:
> Streamlight Enduro headlamp (FR due January 8, 2008)
> Streamlight Stylus Pro penlight (FR due January 8, 2008)
> JanSport Whittaker backpack (Not yet shipped)
> Larabar Jocolat bars (Not yet shipped)
> Slumberjack Vertex sleeping bag (Not yet shipped)
> TESTS AND OWNER REVIEWS:
> TESTER TRACKING PAGE:
> PENDING APPLICATIONS:
> Cloudveil Neve 1/2 Zip sweater
> OWNER REVIEWS:
> I have written 13 ORs in my year with BGT.
> I am a mentor with my first success story in the works. ;o)
> CURRENTLY MONITORING:
> MSR Lightning Ascents