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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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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

Re: Quarterdome rain fly pitching without footprint?
John, That's very creative. Finding a way to make your family happy, while at the same time trying to keep the weight down for yourself. It looks like you may get some rainwater pooling ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Quarterdome rain fly pitching without footprint?
January 28, 4:16pm

Great Write Up
What a fantastic and adventurous trip you and your girlfriend had. Thanks for sharing. You provided some great information for a possible future trip.

In Post-Trip Reports » PATAGONIA: TORRES DEL PAINE Q Circuit Trip Report
January 16, 4:42pm

New Bike for Daily Commute and Possible TransAmerican Trail
I thought I'd show off my not so ultra-light daily commuter that I just got last month. I ride 6 miles each day from West Seattle to downtown Seattle and this new bike was been fantastic. My ...

In Bikepacking & Bicycle Touring » New Bike for Daily Commute and Possible TransAmerican Trail
January 07, 2:45pm

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