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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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Re: Upcoming Arkel Bikepacking Bags
Good Catch Dale, I like what I'm seeing. That'll definitely solve my front handle bar bag search.

In Bikepacking & Bicycle Touring » Upcoming Arkel Bikepacking Bags
September 28, 4:36pm

Just Missed It
Wouldn't you know it. I decide to get a Copper Spur UL2 and now I see this......a bit late for me.

In Gear Deals » B.A. discount code
September 12, 9:47pm

Re: Railrider Size
Size 38 - 40 here...depending on who's measuring. 5'-9" tall @ 155 lbs. Ex All-American high school swimmer thus the shoulders. I own two Eco-Mesh shirts and wear a size medium. I&...

In GEAR » Railriders sizing
September 08, 9:37am

Nemo Hornet 1P
I just returned yesterday from 4 days of trail angeling on the PCT. I was set up 55 miles north of the Bridge of the Gods. I saw my first Hornet over the weekend....however it was the 1P. The hi...

In GEAR » Nemo Hornet or Blaze 2p
August 25, 8:18am

Misty Tarptent Contrail
I owned a Contrail I'd say around 5 years ago that was not made for the PNW rain. I only used it twice. Both nights it rained hard. My down bag was misted on each night. The bag would'...

In GEAR » 2-person tent suggestions for PNW alpine conditions
August 13, 7:42pm

Re: Trail Angel Dinner - Help me with Dinner Ideas
THANKS!.....All great ideas. @Don A. Thanks for the compliment. We did have around 6 or 8 hikers take a zero day with us. I remember one petite woman named Peanut. She and her boyfriend came...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Trail Angel Dinner - Help me with Dinner Ideas
August 05, 9:25am

Trail Angel Dinner - Help me with Dinner Ideas
Last year was the first time I got serious about being a trail angel. In 3 days I served breakfast, lunch and dinners to 46 thru-hikers here in Washington State along the PCT. Breakfast was mostl...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Trail Angel Dinner - Help me with Dinner Ideas
August 04, 3:47pm

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

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