It is high time that I get nature into view. I have never owned a pair of
binoculars and would love to figure out how to use binoculars to view
wildlife from afar. Thank you for considering my test application.
APPLICATION � NatureView Binoculars � Kathryn Montovan
Please accept my application to test the Bushnell BackTrack D-Tour. I have
read the Bylaws of BackpackGearTest.org v0609 (on March 21, 2012) including
Chapter 5 and agree to comply with all requirements as a tester. My signed
tester agreement is on file. I understand that this is a 4-month, 3-report
Name: Kathryn Montovan
Current Location: Groton, New York, USA
Soon to be location: Bennington, Vermont, USA
Height: 5' 5� (1.65 m)
Weight: 150 lb (68 kg)
I have been backpacking, climbing, kayaking, canoeing and winter camping
for over 10 years. My excursions are mostly weekend and occasionally
weeklong backpacking and kayaking trips in the wooded and often wet,
rolling terrain of western New York. Soon I will be moving to southwestern
Vermont and exploring the eastern Adirondacks, the Greens, Berkshires, and
the Taconic Mountains. I usually tarp camp with a small to large group. In
general, I strive for a compact and light pack but value well made and
durable gear over ultralight items. I also spend a lot of time day hiking
and running with my dog.
*Brief Test Plan:* I love watching nature up close and personal but have
never owned a pair of binoculars because my brief interactions with other's
sets have been less than successful. I would love to test how easy these
are to use for a complete binocular newbie, and would really enjoy the
opportunity to figure out how to locate and focus on birds and wildlife
through binoculars. I will soon be in a region with bears and moose and
have never seen either before but would love to see them closely without
having to actually be close. I am not much of a birder, but would be
excited if I could figure out how to locate the birds I hear in the trees
through binoculars and try my hand at bird identification as well.
We will soon live on the edge of a forest and will spend a good deal of
time hiking, backpacking, and sitting on the porch watching for bears and
other wildlife. Because of the move, I do not have any concrete backpacking
plans, but expect to go for at least a couple of two-day trips this fall
and would take the binoculars with me anytime I head out camping or for a
leisurely hike in the woods. I also would keep them close at hand for
wildlife observations from our back porch. I will be hiking in the
mountains and dense forests and expect to be at elevations of 500 - 5000 ft
(150 � 1500 M) with temperatures between 45 F and 100 F (7 - 38 C) with a
mix of weather including both rain, wind, and sunshine.
Current Tests: None.
OR's in the last 12 months: One
Current Applications: Bushnell BackTrack D-Tour
Previous Reports: http://www.backpackgeartest.org/tester_reviews/sull0294
Tester Status Page: http://teststatus.backpackgeartest.org/T1907.html
Additional BGT Roles: None.
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