Application to test: PCT DVD - Ray Estrella
- Please accept my application to test the PCT DVD. I have read the BackpackGearTest.org bylaws v. 0609 including, but not limited to, Chapter 5. I agree to comply with and exceed all requirements.
Name: Raymond Estrella
Height: 6' 3" (193 cm)
Weight: 220 lb (100 kg)
Email address: rayestrella@...
Date: April 25, 2012
I have been backpacking for over 30 years, all over California, and in many of the western states and Minnesota. I hike year-round, and average 500+ miles (800+ km) per year. I have made a move to lightweight gear, and smaller volume packs. I start early and hike hard so as to enjoy the afternoons exploring. I usually take a freestanding tent and enjoy hot meals at night. If not hiking solo I am usually with my brother-in-law Dave.
I used to live on the PCT in Idyllwild CA and met many PCT thru-hikers while hiking the mountains there or in town. Many crashed at our place while waiting for money from home or picking up resupply drops. I have also hiked many parts of the PCT myself in 3 states, including over 1000 miles of it with my brother-in-law as we piece it together. On these trips I have met many more PCT thru-hikers on the trail and in camps.
With my decades of sharing trails with PCTers I think I could look at and share my view of the video in a way that may be interesting to readers. I own a blu-ray player and can take notes at the same time as I watch TV. I will even throw chewing gum into the mix ;-)
I have one test in progress at this time, the Honey Stinger gels.
Here is a link to my tester page.
My involvement with BGT includes active duty as Mod, Editor, Mentor, and Test Monitor.
I have completed a lot of test series.
I have written almost 200 Owner Reviews.
My reports and reviews can be found at:
Thank you for your consideration of me for this test,