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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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Go Wazzu
Sounds like a typical Wazzu Cougar.... I miss Pullman. I graduated in CE in 89. I wish at that time I was as adventurous as I am today.

In Editor's Roundtable » 24 Hours: Packrafting the Grande Ronde River
October 31, 11:26am

Fantastic In-Put
Thanks for the ideas. I'll check them all out now.

In GEAR » Looking for Warm Synthetic Vest
October 18, 9:54am

Looking for Warm Synthetic Vest
I'm talking one with 100g/m synthetic material or higher. I'd even entertain a thick and warm fleece vest. A co-worker is looking for this item for hunting down into the 20's. Anyone...

In GEAR » Looking for Warm Synthetic Vest
October 17, 2:15pm

Even still Lighter......
Great review! You can reduce the weight by approximately 5 ounces or so by having a set of carbon fiber tent poles made by Josh at Ruta Locura. I had Josh make me a set for my Fly Creek 2. They ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Big Agnes Fly Creek 2 Platinum Tent Review
October 17, 11:11am

I got one you can have.
Tim, I have had several of those around for what must be 20 years. I just went to my gear closet and found one buried deep. I'll send it to you for free. PM me your address. It is called...

In GEAR » Old REI bug headnet/ bivy w no bottom
August 05, 8:48pm

+1 for the EXOS 58
I love my Exos 58. Not as light as a frameless pack, but is it comfortable. I don't even notice it on my back when I'm carrying under 25 lbs.

In GEAR » Lightweight Packs, with conditions....
July 06, 12:21pm

Poor Dog
At least he's home safe. That trail looks nasty. One mistake and you're dead.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Malamute rescued after fall off steep Gorge trail
July 03, 4:17pm

GoLite Darts
Yes I can comment on them, because I'm wearing a pair right now. I bought mine for $120 from Altrec. I also have a pair of the Golite Amp Lites. I really like the feel of the Amp Lites, so I...

In GEAR » golite dart lite
June 25, 1:03pm

GoLite Dart Lite Shoes - For Thru Hiking?
Has anyne tried these shoes for long hikes? I'm looking at using them for the 500 mile Washington State portion of the PCT this August. I have a pair of the GoLite Amp Lite shoes and love the...

In GEAR » GoLite Dart Lite Shoes - For Thru Hiking?
May 31, 11:12am

List of the 10 Best Hiking Trails
I see Smithsonian came up with a list of the 10 best hiking trails. What a dream it would be to complete all 10. I'd like to do the hike across England, that sounds fantastic. I see the PCT d...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » List of the 10 Best Hiking Trails
May 23, 9:19am

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