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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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Wow...this took off in a different direction
Roger, I have never had my feet measured in a Brannock device, unless that's the metal devise at the shoe store??? That tells me I'm size 10 at D width. I'm looking for simple hikin...

In GEAR » Why do we like flat shoes?
April 18, 10:13am

Great Presentation in Seattle
I also attended his presentation Monday the 17th in Seattle. I introduced myself before the show and thanked him on behalf of the BPL family for joining us in this blog and many others on this sit...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Skurka's upcoming slideshows & clinics
April 18, 9:54am

I appreciate all the input. Once the blisters started I found myself taping them each morning to make it possible to walk on. They were really ugly and solid red meat. ROdger, The width of my...

In GEAR » Why do we like flat shoes?
April 17, 8:28am

Why do we like flat shoes?
So I've been looking for some new shoes for a 500 mile hike this August. Last year a did a similar hike with trail running shoes (NB 910's)and got a single massive blister under the ball o...

In GEAR » Why do we like flat shoes?
April 16, 11:15am

Steel Cut Oatmeal on the Trail
I read this last year here on BPL and used it for 21 days straight last summer. I would put my steel cut oatmeal in a pot, add water, and the lid and go to bed. That would give the oatmeal all ...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » healthiest backpacking breakfast?
April 13, 8:51am

Thanks!. That's great warmth for the weight.

In Gear Deals » VaprLoft Quilts - M50/Apex/SevenDS
April 10, 12:31pm

Warmth - Am I getting this right?
I have a Montbell Thermawrap that has exoloft insultaion of 50g/sq meter. So at 28 gram/oz, your 4 oz insulation sheet is approximately 112g/sq meter? I'm just trying to get an idea of how wa...

In Gear Deals » VaprLoft Quilts - M50/Apex/SevenDS
April 10, 11:46am

Very Kind of You
Raising money to feed the homeless is fantastic. I wish you well on your hike. One think I'd like to say is about your timeline. 6 months will have you hiking in snow within the state of W...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Walking 2650 miles to help feed the homeless - Please sponsor us :)
April 09, 4:37pm

Golite Carbo Lite Shoes - 10.5
I thought I'd try these shoes out, but can't find size 10.5 anywhere. Help from anyone with computer search skills are welcome. THANKS

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Golite Carbo Lite Shoes - 10.5
April 09, 12:33pm

Thanks for spending the time to provide food, drinks and rides. I know I really appreciated it from Trail Angels. I'll be doing the 500 miles from Cascade Locks to Manning Park this summer. ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » '12 PCT THRU HIKERS, PLEASE READ!!!
April 05, 9:24am

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