This has appeared nowhere in the message list at yahoo tho I sent it
this morning. Resending per Andrea's instructions...
Please accept my application to test the BD Ergo Cork Trekking Poles.
I have read the BGT Survival Guide v. 0609 and Bylaws v. 0609 and I
agree to comply with all requirements and timetables. My signed
Tester Agreement is on file with BGT.
Name: Lori Pontious
Height: 5' 7" (1.7 m)
Weight: 163 (74 kg)
email address: lori.pontious at gmail.com
location: Fresno County, California, USA
I have been dayhiking/backpacking in California since 2006, mostly in
the Sierra Nevada, in the coastal ranges in winter, and into low
elevation parks such as Henry Coe. I have been out at least monthly,
several times a month in spring and summer, and usually carry a
lightweight pack. I have been using poles since I restarted my
outdoor adventures in 2006.
I will be hiking throughout the winter and (once snow falls) going
snowshoeing in the Sierra Nevada, possibly delving into winter (snow)
camping. Search and Rescue operations take place at all elevations in
all seasons, and at least one hiking pole is required for those
activities. My leisure backpacking plans over the next six months
include forays into the Ventana Wilderness (sea level - 5,000 feet
(1524 meters) in elevation), shoulder season outings into the Sierra
National Forest and Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
(mid-elevation weekend outings into forested and subalpine regions),
and short trips into the Santa Cruz mountains.
I would take the Ergo Cork Trekking Poles with me over my usual
varied terrain - on trails filled with granite and roots, off trail
in varied terrain, from open meadow to brush-choked canyons to talus
and scree covered slopes. There will be stream/river crossings as
well. I rely heavily on my trekking poles especially when traversing
hillsides on a grid search, trying to navigate in uncertain footing
in brush, deep pine needle/leaf cover or loose soil and rock.
For the duration of the testing period of the Ergo Cork Trekking
Poles, I would be assessing:
2. the functionality of the poles in facilitating stream crossings,
as shelter supports, and as hiking aids
3. stability of the locking mechanisms
4. comfort/ease of use (how the grips fit in my hands, strap width/
length/adjustability, quick adjustment of pole length, are there
unusual quirks such as excess pole vibration, etc)
5. packability - sometimes I need my hands for other tasks and need
to collapse the poles and keep them out of my way. Will they ride on
my SAR pack and stay out of my way while scrambling?
Thanks to BGT and Black Diamond for their consideration of my
Current tests: none
Other test applications: Black Diamond Orbit (pending)
BGT involvement: newbie tester
Previous reviews: See my owner reviews at: