Application - Gerber Intense Torch - Ed Morse
- Ryan, please accept my application to test the Gerber Intense Torch .
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: 8 April 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 our snow is mostly gone (sometime in April) I will start
with two overnight hikes to evaluate all my clothes and equipment. My
overnight hikes are often planned the night before I go. I have three longer
hikes in various stages of planning. In early May I plan a two night hike of
about 30 miles, half of which will be off trail bushwhacking. In early June
I plan to hike about 100 miles of the North Country trail in the Manistee
National Forest. In July I have nearly completed plans for about 10 days on
Isle Royale. For June I'm planning on hiking the North Country trail from
Lake Michigan to Lake Superior across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. If
selected I would carry (and use each night) the Gerber Intense Torch on all
my backpacking this summer.
Spring, summer or fall nights are nearly always dark. When I'm alone I read
before falling asleep. I always find it necessary to get up and out of the
tent each night. I usually start packing before the sun provides enough
light to see. Often I get my food bag down and fix my morning coffee before
it is light enough to hike.
There are a few specific features for which I will be looking. What is the
lowest setting I can use for reading? For answering the call of nature? Can
I hang the Torch in the top of my tent and see enough for most of my morning
packing? Can I use different types of AA batteries? Are the stated
performance times for alkaline or Lithium batteries? The big test is if I
will continue to use the Torch for backpacking after the test is complete.
I have no other applications pending. I have no tests in progress. I have
been accepted to test the Helly Hanson Fast Flow jacket but no delivery yet.
I have done two Owner Reviews in the last year and recently submitted one
Older tests and reviews I have written may be found at the following
and, since I had to change my ID and password early last year the latest are
I have no roles other than testing.
My tester status page should be found at:
Thank you for considering this application and thanks to Gerber for
providing this light for evaluation and testing.
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