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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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Good for only first person - 25% off REI brand item
I got this via email and I won't be using this. 1st person to use it gets 25% off an REI brand item. Your personal savings code is only good once, so be sure to purchase everything togethe...

In Gear Deals » Good for only first person - 25% off REI brand item
July 19, 9:09am

Lightheart Cuben Solo
Great article and inforamtional read as usual. I truely enjoy your reviews. The cuben Lightheart Solo is a double wall tent and Judy advertises it at 14 oz. I have the tent with optional awning ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Terra Nova Laser Ultra 1 Tent Review
June 27, 8:58am

Thank You Mary D,
That's exactly how I feel. I don't like or trust the security. Last month it was announced that 51% of American's are signed up on Facebook, that's 49% of us that won't see Ro...

In Gear Deals » MLD News June 2011- Goodbye Spinntex- we loved you...
June 26, 4:27pm

Cuben Sublite
I bought the all cuben lightheart tent......and it sounds like their maker Judy is busy sewng many.

In GEAR » Cuben Fiber Tarptent Sublite
June 26, 4:18pm

Slipstream is a Little Small
I just got a medium Montane Slipstream in the mail yesterday. I instantly tore into the packaging and tried it on.....too small. I typically fit all mediums. This was way to small for me. I wan...

In GEAR » Best Wind Shirt?
June 24, 1:58pm

I apprciate all the responses. I'll wlak up to my local AT&T store during lunch and learn where 'airplane mode' is. I got into postholer.com while at work and create my site. W...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Non-Tech Person has Question
June 20, 9:24am

Baladeo 22 gram Knife
PM sent on 22 gram Baladeo

In Gear Swap » FS: Montbell Ex Light NWT XL $130; Baladeo 22g $25, 34g $30; Inov8 Roclite 390 GTX 10.5 new $95; Patagonia Zephur M $40
June 17, 3:03pm

Non-Tech Person has Question
I just got my first cell phone a year ago. It's an Android from AT&T. I'm so non-tech I still don't have a home computer.....yes I'm at work. I'd like to use my Andriod...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Non-Tech Person has Question
June 17, 3:01pm

I'll take it....if your current buyer backs out. You can PM me.

In Gear Swap » Moment / Lunar Duo / Downmat 7 / Exos 34 & 58 / Jam
June 14, 2:15pm

Yea....I'd Bring Them
Hey David, Great to see you come from Northern Idaho to enjoy RNP. I was up at Muir on Sunday and I'm blown away at the amount of snow still up there. Heck...I'll be hiking from Ashlan...

In GEAR » Your predictions: Microspikes for Wonderland/Northern Loop/X-C 1st Week of August?
June 13, 12:11pm

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