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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.
CitySeattle
StateWashington
CountryUSA

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All Forum Posts by John McAlpine

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THANKS
Just picked up a medium. Awesome deal....and a great way to stop that horrible cold wind from sneaking in the back of ones neck.

In Gear Deals » Ibex Indie Merino Wool Hoody baselayer $48.93
October 07, 8:57am

Awesome Tent - Free Bump
I agree with Douglas...this is my go to 3-season tent. I own this exact cuben tent, but with the zipper on the other side. There's enough room inside to have all your gear next to you. No mo...

In Gear Swap » FS: LightHeart Gear Solo, Cuben
October 07, 8:39am

Correct
I have the titanium Clikstand with titanium windscreen. In this I place the brass Trangia because I want the threaded top. I have the 'clip' piece, but I truthfully didn't know what i...

In GEAR » Caldera Cone vs. Clikstand Alcohol Stove Tests
October 05, 2:47pm

I Love my Clikstand
but now you're making me rethink my cook setup. I'm not kidding, my Clikstand has never failed me. What I really like is not having to find that absolute flat spot to set it up. The wide...

In GEAR » Caldera Cone vs. Clikstand Alcohol Stove Tests
October 05, 12:30pm

I have Gear you can Borrow
Marcia, Send me a PM if you want to try out various UL gear. I work in Kirkland at the intersection of N. 85th and I-405. I live in West Seattle. I have a half dozen down bugs...sorry no sy...

In GEAR » synthetic vs down
October 03, 4:38pm

Hey Francis
Can you send me a PM. I want to know if you can get your tents rainfly tight. No matter what I try I can't get the none door side tight.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Zpack Tents
September 30, 9:22am

Lightheart
Hey Mark, I haven't had any conditions like that to test my cuben lightheart in. I had nothing but sun for the 21 days I used it through Washington. One evening it rained for a couple hours....

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Zpack Tents
September 29, 12:41pm

What did I see?
Ryan, I did the full length of Washington. I see you're from here so you may know the trail. I started in Cascade Locks, crossed the Bridge of Gods, and made it to Manning Provincial Park ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Zpack Tents
September 28, 8:42am

Semi Rectangular Bag
I found that as I got older I could no longer sleep in a mummy bag. I switched to a semi-rectangular bag. I'd been sleeping in the Feather Friends Peguin for a decade. After joining BPL I re...

In GEAR » What are you thrashing, tossn' and turn'n sleepers sleeping in?
September 27, 3:29pm

Zpack Tents
I just finished section hiking over 500 miles of the PCT and was really hoping to see a Zpack tent.....It didn't happen. I heard there were lots at kickoff, but none of the thru-hikers I met h...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Zpack Tents
September 27, 3:08pm

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