Application - Mountainsmith Red Rock 25 - Ed Morse
- Application - Mountainsmith Red Rock 25 - Ed Morse
Mike, please accept my application to test the Mountainsmith Red Rock 25 day
I have read and agree to comply with the newly revised Backpackgeartest
bylaws, v. 0609. I will pay careful attention to Chapters 4, 5 and 6 and the
new test format. I have been notified that my tester agreement is on file.
Name: Edwin Morse
Height: 5' 8" (173 cm)
Weight: 145 lb (65 kg)
Email address: ed dot morse at charter dot net
County, State, Country: Grand Traverse, Michigan, U.S.
Date: March 17, 2013
I started backpacking in 1979 with two weeks in northern Michigan, along the
shore of Lake Superior. My gear was cheap, heavy and painful. Starting pack
weight was just over 70 lb (32 Kg), with food but no water. Since then I
have made one- and two-week trips in Michigan, Maine, New Hampshire and
Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Florida. Now my pack varies between
22 and 32 lb (10 and 15 kg), including food and water. I'm slowly learning
what lighter gear works for me. I do NOT intentionally backpack when there
is the ground is snow covered.
Test Plan: When I'm not backpacking my favorite activity is day hiking,
regardless of the weather. I'm retired and live in an area with many trails.
My day hiking includes both on and off trail hikes. Presently most of my day
hikes are snowshoeing off trail exploring and planning trail re-routes,
generally five to eight miles daily. When hiking on trail I usually go
longer distances (8 to 15 miles) except when building or repairing hiking
trails. Once the snow is gone Most of my day hikes include trimming brush
and branches along the trail.
I will continue day hiking at least three days each week until the snow is
gone when some weeks I will be for backpacking instead. If selected I will
carry the Mountainsmith Red Rock 25 pack for all my day hikes including
planned trail work days. I would expect to easily exceed the minimum hiking
requirements in any three week period. I will look at fit and finish,
carrying comfort, organization with three pockets. I will look at how well
the pack can carry a few small tools such as loppers and a pruning saw in
addition to the standard stuff I carry for day hikes. I don't understand the
removable waist belt but I will try the pack both with and without the waist
I have no applications pending.
I have no tests in progress.
I have done two Owner Reviews in the last year.
Tests and reviews I have written may be found at the following location:
or, since I had to change my ID and password early last year the latest are
I have no other roles other than testing.
Thank you for considering this application and thanks to Mountainsmith for
providing this daypack for evaluation and testing.
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