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John McAlpine (HairlessApe) - BPL Premium Member

My Locale PNW
About Me I now have my base weight down to 12 pounds. I'm fine with that. Any lighter seems to make for a less comfortable trip. I'm in my 50's now and looking forward to some epic thru-hikes.

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All Forum Posts by John McAlpine

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Simply Cost
I happen to be a fan of freestanding tents. I love their simplicity and their small footprint. I hike until it starts to get dark, at that point I look for a flat spot. Sometimes I'm on a 3,...

In GEAR » Why few freestanding Cuben Tents?
July 02, 12:56pm

Stick with the BA Fly Creek 1
As stated above, the Fly Creek 1 is a simple and quick setup. It also requires a very small space to get it setup. If it fits you and your pack....keep it. I have a cuben fiber Lightheart tent t...

In GEAR » BA Fly Creek on AT- keep or swap now that I use trekking poles
June 09, 9:59am

New Bike
All I can say is "Wow". That is one sweet bike! Out of my price range for now, but one of these days......

In Bikepacking & Bicycle Touring » New bike
June 01, 4:27pm

Thanks for Sharing
I quickly went through your blog. Ill get to it later. I'm going to forward your blog to a 15 year old i know who wants to do the hike. I'm not seeing a ton of hikers in your pics. That...

In On the Web » PCT Blog
May 31, 10:28pm

oregon PCT
Yup......just take a look at halfmile maps for water sources. I don't remember having any water problems in Oregon. Oregons a fast hike with plenty of resupply points. To bad you cant start ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Hiking Oregon PCT advice please.
May 31, 10:02pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: The ‘Wild’ effect Hikers are flooding the Pacific Crest Trail
Last year was my first serious year of being a trail angel. In the past I've spent half a day here and there helping out, but nothing serious. Last year I car camped on the trail 50 trail mil...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » The ‘Wild’ effect Hikers are flooding the Pacific Crest Trail
May 18, 12:40pm

Tim Harney and your Soul........... Tent
How is it getting in and out of the tent. I really like the size and weight, but I'm worried about rain getting in. Granted I always carry an umbrella when I expect rain so that'll help g...

In Gear Deals » Big Sky Soul tent on Massdrop
May 07, 12:08pm

I'm also a year-round Washington State hiker. I never leave without my Golite umbrella, so I'm glad to see you have plans to bring one. Search the internet and you can find ways to attach...

In GEAR » Rain jacket for Wa. Pct
April 16, 9:16am

Hey Alex, Take a look at the Big Agnes Copper Spur 2. Similar to the Hubba Hubba nx and lighter. Also take a look at the 2 person tents made by Big Sky International.

In GEAR » Msr Hubba Hubba Nx 2
March 25, 9:19pm

Inca Trail Footwear
I did the Machu Piccbu Inca Trail about 8 yrs ago. I did the hike in Teva saddles. The trail was well groomed, so a fast hike. I got strange looks from some people, but the saddles worked great...

In GEAR » Footware for Torres del Paine W-trek and Inca Trail
March 22, 9:26pm

All Reader Reviews by John McAlpine

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Gossamer Gear Mariposa
I own a 2014 edition. I'll admit that I only have approximately 250 miles on the pack so far, but I find it to be extremely comfortable for me. I'm 5'9" tall and weigh 156 lbs. I b...

In Backpacks - Frameless
June 01, 2:56pm

LightHeart Gear Cuben Solo W/Awning
I picked up this tent for several reasons. I wanted a light tent; I wanted it to be waterproof right out of the bag; I wanted room inside for me and all my gear; I wanted a dry entry; I wanted to use...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
October 18, 12:09pm

Kahtoola Microspikes Microspikes
I've been using these little brother crampons over the winter and have found them to be perfect. I've used them on non-glacier snow fields up to 12,200 feet and they have not failed once. The...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
August 02, 2:43pm

Osprey Exos 58
I'm 47 and been hiking on and off for 35 years. I've gone through many packs and thought it was time to try a lighter pack. Sure this pack isnt ultra light, but have you tried those things?....

In Backpacks - External Frame
July 16, 10:59am