- May 10, 2011 at 3:40 pm #1273619May 10, 2011 at 8:25 pm #1735224
Congrats to the winners.May 11, 2011 at 11:22 am #1735398
Eric BlumensaadtBPL Member
@danepackerLocale: Mojave Desert
The 1st and 2nd place lists are far too personalized to be useful to others.
Only the 3rd place winner is truly useful because its sub-categories are more generic.
P.S. On loooking at other submissions I've found some very useful lists. Thanks for sponsoring the competition.May 12, 2011 at 12:32 am #1735680
Marco A. SánchezMember
@marcoasnLocale: The fabulous Pyrenees
CheersMay 13, 2011 at 5:04 am #1736085
Jamie ShorttBPL Member
@jshorttLocale: North Carolina
Wow! What a set of submissions, each one is really great in so many different ways. The creativity shown is impressive. I am honored just to have my submission read by the judges.
Eric, I really like hearing peoples thoughts on how these lists might have been judged differently. What seemed like a simple exercise took more hours of my Chistmas vacation than I would ever admit. You hit the nail on the head with that item that I found the most challenging.
Dealing with criteria #1 vs #2…
1. Simplicity and applicability for a 24-hour trip.
2. Generic-ness and ability to appeal to a wide audience without modification.
For help with simplicity I drew apon this statement…"Your gear list should be as SIMPLE as possible and contain as few items as possible without sacrificing a great deal of comfort or safety."
Since simplicity was listed first I focused on this then tested for the other requirement like Generic-ness. To achieve simplicity I selected poncho tarping as my technique. When "testing" the list I found I could swap techniques and use the list without modification. In this way I was satisfied with criteria #2.
So for example…If my approach was "tenting" instead of "poncho tarping" all I did for the "Actuals" lines was to write in "Tarptent Moment" on the poncho tarp line, "None" on the bivy line, "precip jacket and pants" on the wind shirt line. I agree this isnt as generic as many of the other list, but this was how I addressed it.
I learned a lot during this process and appreciate BPL for sponsoring the contest.
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