Application - Mountainsmith Trekking Poles - Alex Legg
- Please accept my application to test the Mountainsmith Trekking Poles. I have read and understand the entire BackpackGearTest.org Bylaws v0609 including Chapter 5. I agree to comply with all requirements. My signed tester agreement is on file.
Name: Alex Legg
Height: 6'4" (1.9 m)
Weight: 195 lb (88 kg)
Shoe Size: 13 Mens
Email address: alexlegg2 AT yahoo DOT com
City, State, Country: Tucson, Arizona, USA
I grew up backpacking in the Rockies. I hike ranges throughout Arizona and Colorado year round. I carry a light pack, mostly water. I prefer a tarp shelter to my heavier 2-person tent. I do many day hikes and I also spend as many as 5 days out at a time. Temperatures range from below freezing to above 100 F (38 C), and elevations from 2,000 ft to 14,000 ft (610 m to 4, 300 m). I bag a mountain almost every weekend, and I walk my dogs 4 miles daily through deep sand and overgrown mesquite trees in our local washes.
I have always wanted to try trekking poles but have not had the chance yet. I feel they could be especially helpful now that I am still recovering form a foot surgery and having trouble clocking the extensive miles that I'm accustomed to. I plan on using the poles on every backpacking outing from the lowland Sonoran Desert to the Sky Island mountain tops and even on my planned trip to Colorado. I will report back on how sturdy they feel and how well they hold up to continued use. I am interested to see if they feel cumbersome compared to not carrying poles, or if they become so comfortable and useful that I feel I can't live without them.
Current test load: Suisse Sport Mammoth Tent (LTR stage), Suisse Sport K2 Sleeping Bag (LTR stage). Gerber Instant Knife (FR stage), Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Dry Day Bag (IR Stage).
Tester status page: http://teststatus.backpackgeartest.org/T1896.htm
Owner Reviews in past year: 10
Link to reviews/tests: http://www.backpackgeartest.org/tester_reviews/alexlegg
Outstanding applications: Montbell Highland Jacket
Additional BGT roles: None at this time.
Thank you for the consideration!