EDIT: Poll is now live .
A client of mine has generously shared her Survey Monkey account with me, so I would like to make a 20-question, multiple-choice poll to ask of BPL (closed ended questions only, for ease of analysis). I have gear questions such as:
What capacity is your most-used backpack?
Do you prefer stoves of: alcohol, canister, wood, esbit, white gas, other?
What is your average summertime base weight for a 5-day?
How many people hike with one pole vs. two poles vs. none?
For rain coverage do you carry “breathable” jacket, pit-zip jacket, pants, poncho, windshirt, other?
Do you mostly tarp, tent (singe wall), tent (double wall), bivy, cowboy, other?
What size group do you prefer to hike with?
How do you clean your water? Filter, chemical, boil, other?
What luxuries do you bring? Chair, pillow, binoculars, GPS, barometer, smartphone, drinking alcohol, etc?
What region of the country are you in? Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, US NW, US SW, US Midwest, US NE, US SE, other?
…and several other questions I’m pondering. BUT I’m only going to ask 10 of the 20 questions available (unless nobody but me has questions). The other 10 questions, I’m open for submissions. If you have a burning question for the group, please post it below. (And if you have suggestions for refining the questions above, post those too.) I'll select 10 submitted questions to put into the poll--be sure to include response categories, too. If your question doesn’t get in, fret not; if this is successful, I may run a second survey. I’ll post results here after the survey closes in a week.