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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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+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

Fly Creek 2 on Sale
The Fly Creek 2 is on sale at REI starting today until the 24th. They took $100 off the's selling for $269. I read this opn another site. I sent Josh an email yesterda the 17th...

In GEAR » Freestanding Double-Wall Tent for 2 (sort of...) People?
May 18, 8:49am

I have a 25% off
Good until 6/15/12. 25% off any order over $75. Only good once, so 1st come 1st serve. SKT8343M

In Gear Deals » Wanted: STP 35% Off Cupon
May 18, 8:39am

How are they looking?
I'm looking forward to seeing the finished knife and sheath combination. Any updates???

In Gear Deals » New: TSS Titanium Field Scapel: Self Sharpening UL Blade: Pre-order price.
May 15, 11:30am

Looks great and will have many uses.

In Make Your Own Gear » UltraLight vest - 5.1oz
April 23, 4:39pm

Re: Long sleeve shirt for SOBO PCT 2012 hike!
Railrider Eco-Mesh

In GEAR » Long sleeve shirt for SOBO PCT 2012 hike!
April 23, 4:37pm

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