APPLICATION - Ahnu Montara or Garmont Amica Hiker Boots - Kathy Waters
- APPLICATION TO TEST AHNU MONTARA OR GARMONT AMICA HIKER BOOTS
Please accept my humble application to test either the Ahnu Montara or
Garmont Amica Hiker Boots. My preference would be the Ahnu Montara, but I
will gladly test either as needed. (Or both <g>) I have read the
requirements for being a tester and the reporting requirements and I AGREE
to comply. I am familiar with the BGT Survival Guide v.0609, including
Chapters 4 & 5 and my Tester Agreement is on file.
2.) Name: Kathleen Waters
Email address: Kathy at backpackgeartest.com or kathy at bysky dot com
City, State, Country: Canon City, Colorado, USA
Living in Colorado and being self-employed, I have ample opportunities to
backpack. Though I have also had the good fortune to hike/snowshoe
glaciers, rain forests, mountains and deserts in exotic locations,
presently, most of my exploring is in the 700,000+ acres/280,000 hectares of
public land bordering my 71-acre/29-hectare "backyard".
My hiking style is comfortable. I use a tent (rain fly if needed) and my
current pack averages 25 lb (11 kg) excluding food and water.
I've been so busy with work and BGT "stuff" this past year and am horrified
at how little I've been out testing. That's going to change! I've got
plans for at least one weekend overnight backpack for each month, April
through July (which is roughly the expected testing period) as well as
weekly day hikes.
Most of these forays will take place in south east to south central Colorado
from the Front Range of the Rockies to the San Juans - conditions will be
cold to mild to down right hot.
Terrain will vary from sea-level sandy beaches (on a possible trip to
Florida in May) to rocky high desert. While I might still encounter a tiny
bit of snow, I doubt it and the forecast for rain this summer isn't too
positive, so any moisture I test in will most likely be small streams
My pack weight will vary but will average 25 lb (11 kg), excluding food and
waters. I normally wear mid-height boots throughout the year, due to the
rough terrain, cactus and most importantly, my personal nightmare/nemesis -
RATTLESNAKES! In high vegetation, I will also be adding my favorite
gaiters, Snakes Skins. Between my skin and my new boots (if selected) will
be various wool and/or synthetic mid-to-heavy-weight socks.
I've completed 7 Owner Reviews in the last 12 months, and should have at
least 5 more by the time this test commences...
I am currently testing the Big Agnes Fria 15 sleeping bag (LTR due in 6
weeks) and am awaiting edits on the Hi-Tec Cloud Chaser Shell.
I have no other applications outstanding.
I am the SHE-RULER of BGT! No wait; actually, I'm BridGeT's total, mindless,
soulless slave. But if you need to be technically correct about it, my BGT
roles include: test monitor, editor & Senior BGT Director.