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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 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

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

Stay away from Superfeet
That's just my opinion. I bought a new pair of New Balance trail shoes and the sales rep talked me into the Superfeet. I got the most aweful blood blisters. Painful after a few weeks now. I...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » First real hike in trail runners... Blisters
September 27, 3:02pm

Cuben Fiber Fly?
I assume you can drop the weight even more with a cuben fiber fly. I see them on Joe's site at zpacks......oh...I have nothing to do with zpacks, that was the first site that came to my mind.

In Editor's Roundtable » Hennessy Hyperlite Asym Zip Hammock Review
August 10, 9:14am

Great Article
Yea...I stopped buying their China made jackets and switched to Westcomb. At least Westcomb is still made in Vancouver. No I don't work for Westcomb.

In GEAR » Arcteryx not the original dead bird
July 28, 9:57am

Picked up Five...real nice!
I just received 5 sets and they'll definately serve the purpose I need them for. I'm filling them with suntan lotion, Dr Bronners, insect repellent, and Aquamira. They will be mailed in m...

In Gear Deals » Mini Dropper Bottles
July 26, 4:13pm

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