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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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StateWashington
CountryUSA

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All Forum Posts by John McAlpine

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Sizing
Wolf, I'm 5'9" and I weigh 157 lbs. I too have a 38 chest with a 30 waist. I own two RR Eco Mesh shirts in a size medium. They fit me perfectly.

In GEAR » Rail Riders sizing help
July 26, 9:13pm

Awesome
Thank you for sharing your videos..... Absolutely fantastic! Those bears would scare tbe hell out of me.

In Post-Trip Reports » Hiking across Kodiak Island, Alaska
June 22, 7:51pm

Wonderland Trail
Great information with equally as nice photos. I've lived in Seattle my whole life, but have yet to hike the trail. I too have a difficult time having to stay at assigned campsites. I fully ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Wonderland Trail
June 17, 2:26pm

Hip Belt Rubbing the Top of My Hip Bone Raw
Anyone else have this problem? I have the Osprey Exos 58, Zpacks Arc Blast, and the Gossamer Gear Mariposa. Around the fifth day, with reach pack, the top front of my hip bone is rubbed raw by th...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Hip Belt Rubbing the Top of My Hip Bone Raw
June 12, 9:19am

@Brandon
Brandon,, I am a heel walker, so maybe that was the problem? I don't know. The Mtn Gecko had a sole sorta similar to a Keen shoe. I like a little harder sole vs. a trail running shoe. I en...

In GEAR » GoLite XTComp or MTN Gecko?
May 22, 9:34am

Hexadome
I would like to see Joe or yourselves continue R & D on the Zpack Hexadome. Except I'd like to see one side go almost all the way down and the other side have a zippered entrance. It'...

In GEAR » What do the people WANT!?
May 20, 12:33pm

Zpacks Rain Skirt
I really like this piece of gear. I've never really noticed the noise it makes. Now I'm probably going to notice it all the time.......thanks. Yes, as a groumd cloth it works great....al...

In GEAR » zpacks rain skirt
May 18, 5:24pm

Yes....I pulled a skier out of a tree well
I just came off the lift at Snoqualmie Pass here in the Seattle area. A skier was screaming for help and i skied down to assist. His friend went head first in an inbound tree well. He said his f...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Have you ever saved someone's life?
May 16, 3:06pm

Mtn Gecko
I did a yo-yo hike of the final section of the PCT last year in the mtn gecko shoes......128 miles. The shoes breathed great and the sole was comfortable. My only problem was a slight sharp pain ...

In GEAR » GoLite XTComp or MTN Gecko?
May 16, 9:44am

Thanks Nick
Thanks for the information. Great to know so much is near what will probably be my exit point for 2014.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Is Cajun Pass a Good Exit Point on the PCT?
May 14, 11:28am

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