APPLICATION-Benchmade Bone Collector-Mike Pearl
- Please accept my application to test the Benchmade 15000 Bone Collector knife.
I have read the BackpackGearTest Survival Guide v. 0609 and Bylaws v. 0609
and I agree to comply with all requirements and timetables. I have signed and
submitted the Tester Agreement.
NAME: Mike Pearl
LOCATION: Woodstock, Vermont, USA
HEIGHT: 5' 9" (1.75 m)
WEIGHT: 155 lb (70.30 kg)
My backpacking experience began six years ago, after years of car camping. Most
trips are for two or three days, some lasting a week. I hike with a group of two
to four, with plans for a multi-day solo hike next summer. I pack a tent or tarp
depending on availability of trail shelters. My average mileage is 15 mi (24
km). While aware of weight, it is not my primary concern. I strive for enjoyable
outings with functional, reliable gear. I usually travel in woodland mountain
terrain. I am a three season camper, but enjoy hiking all year.
During the testing period I have a few trips planned - one for two days, one for
a week, and a possible solo four day. While backpacking/camping, I will
evaluate the knife on several points. My focus will be on the feel and
balance while in my hand as well as it's quality of construction. I will also
asses the ease, accessibility and security when removing and placing it in the
sheath and, most importantly, how well does it cut. I will test the Benchmade
1500 Bone Collector knife as multi-purpose tool. Testing will occur under the
all conditions mulit-day backpacking provides.
Two day trip- Green Mountains, Vermont; elevations between 700 ft to 4200 ft
(213 to 1280 m), Temperature between 30 to 80 F (-1 to 27 C), with everything
from clear, calm to rainy, windy days.
Week trip- Yellowstone National Park, temperature between 46 to 80 F ( 8 to 27
C), average rainfall 1.5 in (4 cm), elevation between 5,000 to 10,000 ft (1,500
to 3,000 m)
Solo four day- Long Trail, Southern Vermont; planning on 60 mi (97 km) with
temperatures between 44 to 90 F (7 to 32 C), elevation range 630 to 3936 ft (192
to 1200 m), with everything from clear, calm to rainy, windy days.
OR's for last year and overall: Four
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Additional Roles: None at this time
Thank you for considering my application.
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