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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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Hitting Both Seattle Events
I'm hitting both Seattle events.....really looking forward to it!

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Skurka's upcoming slideshows & clinics
February 27, 9:33am

Short Rainfly
The more I look at the tent, the more I seean issue that's always bugged me. I see on the 3P that they didn't bring the fly all the way to the gropund. I've always had problems with t...

In GEAR » Easton Kilo
February 27, 9:31am

Westcomb - $50 off any order over $350
I got this email on the 20th. So it's good til the 27th. I bought a jacket from them so I'm on thier email list. Dear Friends and fans, 2011 was has been a great year for Westcom...

In Gear Deals » Westcomb - $50 off any order over $350
February 21, 9:50am

Did the Kilo 3P end up Shipping?
I thought I'd bring this back to life. I'm looking for a 'comfortable' 2 person freestanding tent for my Camonio de Santiago hike with my sister. I think the Kilo 3P would make he...

In GEAR » Easton Kilo
February 17, 3:16pm

Great Bag Maker...sad to see Javen Stop
I had Javen make me a bag for last years PCT. WOW... what a bag! It's not a quilt. I personally can't sleep in a quilt. I don't like the draft feeling when I roll around. I asked J...

In Editor's Roundtable » Crazy for Quilts – How Quilts Became My Sleep System of Choice, PLUS A Review of My Favorite, the Stateless Society Custom Quilt
February 08, 8:52am

At REI Warehouse Feb. 13
I just checked with REI and they told me they'll be shipped to their warehouse Feb. 13. When will it hit the store....I don't know.

In GEAR » NeoAir Xtherm - In Stock at Cabelas !!!
February 07, 9:17am

About Time.....
That's great news! A 5.7R pad @ 15 oz. Although that large is very tempting at 25" wide @ 22 oz. I'm a little guy, but even my arms fall off a 20" wide pad. I'll have to c...

In GEAR » NeoAir Xtherm - In Stock at Cabelas !!!
February 07, 9:02am

Jace, I have a couple of those shirts and they are a bit long, but I like it that way. They go to the bottom of my pants zipper. I am 5' 9" @ 158lbs with swimmers shoulders. I also wea...

In GEAR » Railriders Fit.
February 05, 6:13pm

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

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