I apologise for the tardiness of this application, but I am currently traveling and I just got out of the backcountry. I hope you will still consider it, but I completely understand if you cannot.
APPLICATION â" Outdoor Research Ridge - Jeff Ruhle
Date: May 5th, 2010
Please accept my application to test the Outdoor Research Ridge Sack. I have read the BGT By-Laws (v.0609) including Chapters 4 and 5 and will comply with all of the requirements.
Name: Jeff Ruhle
Height: 6'3" (1.91 m)
Weight: 175 (79 kg)
Email Address: jjruhle@...
City, State, and Country: Winter Park, CO, USA
I developed a love for backpacking while spending the semester abroad in New Zealand. I enjoy playing games and seeing how little I can pack to keep my pack light, however, I always pack a lot of food. My favorite terrain is steep, rugged, alpine terrain with more vertical and less horizontal. Now living in Colorado, I find a lot of this terrain in the heart of the rockies. I also am highly involved in a large number of other outdoor activities like skiing, kayaking, climbing, and biking. Generally, I like to push my comfort zone.
Outdoor Field Information:
For outdoor testing, the majority of the trips will be backpacking and camping trips in the Colorado High Mountains. Good water protection seems essential, as it seems to get cloud and often rain between 3 and 4 o'clock. I will probably be on a trip in this area almost every weekend, as I will be living up in the mountains for the summer.
I also have a week long trip planned to visit a friend in Northern Arizona. This waterproof pack would be great for testing on not only the hiking trips that we have planned (mostly along the Cockscomb Fault), but along the motorcycle drive down there. I usually try not to bike in the rain, but if rain were to happen on a multi-day trip, I would push through it anyways. While in the area, I would most likely be doing some canyon trips. It will be interesting to see how the material holds up against the very rough sandstone, which has taken quite a toll on my regular backpacking pack, wearing holes in several spots..
Test Specific Questions (aside from the basics):
-How durable is the waterproof material.
-Since the backpack seems to lack an internal frame of any sort, how comfortable will this be? My back often gets sore on prolonged backpacking trip with significant weight.
-It claims to have âradio frequency welded seemsâ. How do these hold up compared to normal seems?
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