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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. Just turned 50 and looking forward to some epic thru-hikes.

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All Forum Posts by John McAlpine

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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 - Up to 30% off Big Agnes Tents
I received an email from this morning. They have a large number of Big Agnes tents on sale. 30% off the Copper Spur 1 for $277.40.

In Gear Deals » - Up to 30% off Big Agnes Tents
March 11, 1:43pm

Re: What do you Think?
After you sell it can you tell us more about the tent in the "Gear" section? I'd really like to hear more on this tent. I don't have the cash now, but the tent seems like a grea...

In Gear Swap » FS: brand new Sierra Designs Tensegrity 1 Elite Tent
February 19, 11:09am

Re: Erin Wired on the AT
Richard, I was fortunate to spend a few days with her on the PCT in southern Oregon. She is full of energy. I remember her saying she had just moved to Portland the prior year and had not been a...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Great Trip Report by a Triple-Crowner
February 13, 7:38pm

Re: New Cottage Gear for 2015
Thanks for sharing John! I'm looking forward to Zpack's synthetic jacket. It's been raining so much here in the PNW that I'm looking into getting a new synthetic jacket. I bet we...

In GEAR » New Cottage Gear for 2015
February 11, 9:08am

3 oz added to my Antelope
My thighs always get cold. Unlike my down jacket, I simply don't own puffy pants for sleeping in. I had the extra fill put in the thigh area. I love the bag. It was well worth the extra w...

In GEAR » WM bag overfill - any reason not to?
February 08, 9:31am

New Rain Pants
I'm thinking of getting the Zpacks Challenger Rain Pants. They are under 4 oz and I hear positive results on the jacket. I have cuben kilt. I wish I'd brought them with me yesterday.

In GEAR » Rain Pants Colorado Trail
February 08, 9:23am

I like It
I'm starting to look into the way I'll be carrying the same dry bag on my rack. Thats a great idea. I've been concerned about the straps. Your idea solves that.

In Bikepacking & Bicycle Touring » DIY Dirtbag Bikepacking Bag Support
February 07, 7:29pm

Outdoor Research Gortex Paclite Rain Pants
Earlier today I hiked for 4.5 hours here in the Seattle area. It poured the entire time with winds up to 30. I had a Golite umbrella but the rain was sideways. Anyways, my rain pants soaked thru...

In GEAR » Rain Pants Colorado Trail
February 07, 7:04pm

All Reader Reviews by John McAlpine

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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