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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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Can't wait to Follow this Trip as Well
What a fantastic family! I wish you luck on your AT hike. I was just ahead of you on the PCT in Oregon. I was hiking with Wired at that time. I remember seeing notes on the trail written for Su...

In Editor's Roundtable » Sunshine Prepares for the Appalachian Trail
March 28, 9:36am

Brings Back ab Ugly Memory
Gregory, Your post has brought back memories of a 'garbage' mess from a few decades ago. I was hiking alone near Seattle's Snoqualmie Pass about 30 years back. I came upon the back...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Garbage Wars!
March 26, 12:09pm

Look at All that Room
That's a sweet looking tent with what appears to be plenty of room. Congrats Joe you did it again.

In GEAR » Zpacks Hexadome prototype
March 22, 9:04am

Reminds me of a Story
I remember reading a story of an old man in Alaska that was jumped by a Couger. He said he wrestled with it and was face to face with the big cat, and all he could think of was how beautiful the c...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » My first (and prob only) Mt. Lion sighting!
March 21, 4:30pm

Top Ramen At 19
I had absolutely no money at 19 and was eating nothing but Top Ramen while studying to get my civil engineering degree. That is some sweet gear you of the line components. It would be...

In GEAR » Gear Just Keeps Showing Up :D
March 21, 9:04am

RE: OR Section Hike
David, What time of the year are you planning t hike this section? That determines greatly what you'll need. I'll assume you'll be on the trail in August. I went through Oregon ...

In Gear Lists » OR section hike
March 15, 9:36am

Momentum Pathfinder II
I was looking at the Momentum site and also came upon the Pathfinder II. It has what I'm looking for. All I want is to tell time and set an alarm. I think it gors for around $160. David&#...

In GEAR » Analog Watch
March 13, 9:20am

Re: Anyone tried these weird baby crampons?
It says 'easy pull-on', but they also look "easy fall-off". I'm curious what keeps them from falling off the front of your shoe?

In GEAR » Anyone tried these weird baby crampons?
March 09, 9:17am

Just A Little More Practice
Dave, I have the exact same tent, with awning too. I can see that you didn't have the head and foot ends tight and in line with each other. I typically set it up and then go back to the he...

In GEAR » Just got a Lightheart Solo Cuben
March 07, 4:04pm

I see the Island
Now that you point it out I can see Alcatraz in the background. I've swam to shore three times from that island. The event is called the Shark Fest Swim.

In GEAR » How To Refresh DWR On Patagonia Houdini
March 07, 12:38pm

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