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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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I like It
I'm starting to look into the way I'll be carrying the same dry bag on my rack. Thats a great idea. I've been concerned about the straps. Your idea solves that.

In Bikepacking & Bicycle Touring » DIY Dirtbag Bikepacking Bag Support
February 07, 7:29pm

Outdoor Research Gortex Paclite Rain Pants
Earlier today I hiked for 4.5 hours here in the Seattle area. It poured the entire time with winds up to 30. I had a Golite umbrella but the rain was sideways. Anyways, my rain pants soaked thru...

In GEAR » Rain Pants Colorado Trail
February 07, 7:04pm

Re: Quarterdome rain fly pitching without footprint?
John, That's very creative. Finding a way to make your family happy, while at the same time trying to keep the weight down for yourself. It looks like you may get some rainwater pooling ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Quarterdome rain fly pitching without footprint?
January 28, 4:16pm

Great Write Up
What a fantastic and adventurous trip you and your girlfriend had. Thanks for sharing. You provided some great information for a possible future trip.

In Post-Trip Reports » PATAGONIA: TORRES DEL PAINE Q Circuit Trip Report
January 16, 4:42pm

New Bike for Daily Commute and Possible TransAmerican Trail
I thought I'd show off my not so ultra-light daily commuter that I just got last month. I ride 6 miles each day from West Seattle to downtown Seattle and this new bike was been fantastic. My ...

In Bikepacking & Bicycle Touring » New Bike for Daily Commute and Possible TransAmerican Trail
January 07, 2:45pm

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In User Test Forum » text1
January 07, 2:28pm

Re: Seattle
Yucky Traffic as Jerry said. We are always top 10 worst in the country. I'm fortunate enough to ride a bike to work...I actually do a bike/bus combination. However, there are those times ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Thinking of Places to Move to - Colorado, Utah, Oregon,...?
December 30, 4:23pm

Better silnylon coating on the newer Tarptents
I didn't know this..... I had a Contrail about 5 years ago that I took out on two very wet weekends. Both times I was misted on the entire night. I woke up to everything being wet. This was...

In GEAR » Tarptent Thread
December 30, 3:51pm

Charlie Dog
@Jennifer....., The water photo of Charlie Dog is beautiful. He looks so happy.

In Photo Gallery » Capturing Our Four Legged Friends
December 29, 9:47pm

Sounds like a nice ride except for the fact that your sleep system was wet and it was 38F outside.....yuck. I do enjoy the view. Would an eVent bivy been better?

In Bikepacking & Bicycle Touring » Soaked on the AZT
December 24, 6:57pm

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