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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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Great Belt.....
Ben, I agree with Bradley too. The belt on the EXOS 58 is the most comfortable I've used in my 40 years of hiking. I wish it was a tad smaller though. I'm 5'9" and weigh 157 lb...

In GEAR » Talk me out of an Exos 58
December 16, 9:26am

Awesome Tent - Lightheart
Like many on this discussion I'm surprised this tent isn't talked about more often. I own the cuben solo with awning. It's the exact same tent that Francis has pictured. This tent is...

In GEAR » Kudos to Judy @ Lightheart Gear - SoLong 6
December 12, 2:50pm

Hikin Jim
Sorry I didn't answer earlier...I just now saw your question. Yes, the wire is as you described. I have no idea what it's for and I've never needed it.

In GEAR » Caldera Cone vs. Clikstand Alcohol Stove Tests
November 30, 2:07pm

Love this Pack
First off I'm 5' 9" tall and weigh 158 lbs with a small 30" waist. I hear this pack fits thin people better, which I am. I used my EXOS 58 for 924 miles this summer along the PC...

In GEAR » Osprey EXOS 58??
November 16, 8:52am

Wow....real nice
Call me an idiot, but I'd never heard of Zimmerbuilt. I just looked at his site and I'm extremely impressed with the packs he's made. I really like the cuben fiber pack he made for Je...

In GEAR » ZimmerBuilt
November 15, 11:55am

Viewing Lukes Products
Click on......"Lukes Catalog" to view his products.

In Gear Deals » UL Rain shell and UL Gear
November 01, 9:25pm

I remember this question coming up a couple years ago. I'm a Civil Engineer working for a private consulting firm here in the Seattle area. I've been at it for 23 years, specializing in w...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What do you do for a living?
November 01, 9:54am

Good Looking Pillow
I like the fact the pillows aren't filled 100% with down. I never understood why I'd want my head to hit the ground. Will the mixture with climashield prevent my head from hitting the gro...

In Gear Deals » UL Rain shell and UL Gear
November 01, 9:45am

Stupid Old Man
What #@@*** me off is that grandpa didn't even bother to wait long enough to see if the bear was with cubs. He's obviously the type to fire first and then leave the cubs to fend for themse...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Sheriff: Hiker mistakenly shot by Ore. bear hunter
October 24, 12:22pm

LightHeart Gear
Lets not forget Judy at LightHeart Gear. She's making some amazing great quality cuben tents from her home. I'd never heard of Melanzana before this thread. I just ordered one of their...

In GEAR » support the cottage industry clothing/gear...the real deal!
October 11, 12:35pm

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