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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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I have one Kirsten
Kirsten, I have a 2010 Contrail that I've used 3 times in Spring of 2011. It's seam sealed and stays dry. All three times it poured on me. There is absolutley nothing wrong with it, e...

In Gear Swap » FS: Tarptent Contrail
January 30, 11:36am

Keen Dry.......not.
I own the Keen Alamosa with 'Keen Dry'. They do not keep you very dry. I may find myself mistakenly dipping my toes in a creek and instantly find my toes wet. No water came through the t...

In GEAR » keen tryon wp?
January 24, 8:30pm

You will Get Wet
This is my neck of the woods you're asking about. I did the full length of Washington summer of 2011, and trust me you will get wet and hit snow especially with an October completion date. I ...

In GEAR » PCT footwear for Oregon/Washington?
January 22, 9:16am

Floor on Big Agnes
I have the Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2 and man does that floor soak through. As you know it rains alot here in the Seattle area and you will be setting up on wet ground. I'm only 155 lbs and if I...

In GEAR » 1P UL's
January 21, 8:53pm

Snoqualmie Pass, Stevens and Stehekin
I was at these three PCT resupply locations summer of 2011. Snoqualmie Pass hotel is where you can send a package if you want to. They also serve great meals after coming off the trail from White...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » PCT Re-Supply
January 19, 11:58am

Oh how I wish I had the skills you MYOG hikers have. Your stichig looks clean and straight. Congratulations.

In Make Your Own Gear » 1.27oz Insulated Mitten
January 11, 3:13pm

Xtherm out in April
From Cascade Design................ "Due to intense demand for the Xlite, the Xtherm has been pushed back and will be tentatively released in April. The regular size will weight 15oz and al...

In GEAR » Thermarest NeoAir XTherm..R5.7..15oz?
January 09, 4:15pm

Mr. Rebates - How's it work?
Todd...I went to the mrrebates site and signed in. So how does it work exactly. I would use mrrabtes to order something on Backwoods? James....THANKS for the answer!

In Gear Deals » 20% off at INCLUDING WM, + free shipping.
December 30, 9:23am

O Canada
Wonderful story..... What a great dad you are, Sunshine is very lucky. I'm sure your other Daughter will be wanting to make the hike too. I remember hiking for a few days with Wired in sou...

In Editor's Roundtable » O Canada!
December 21, 9:51am

I did some trail angeling this year on the PCT. I met a thru-hiker named 'Bookworm' at Stevens Pass in Washington State that carried a Kindle with him the entire way. It's obvius wher...

In GEAR » Kindle and Yogi's PCT handbook
December 16, 10:44am

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