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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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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

I got the Movie Too.........
Just like Daryl and Daryl I caught the movie Friday night here in Seattle at the Guild 45th. However it wasn't my birthday and I didn't eat at Julia's. I went a few more blocks away a...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » PCT movie with Reese Witherspoon coming out
December 15, 4:01pm

I understand the concept of a tarp and bivy, however it takes practise and experience to set up a tarp properly. I would take a serious look at the Big Agnes Copper Spur 2. Its a well made tent, ...

In GEAR » Shelter for JMT/Sierras
December 14, 5:58pm

To Old
Hi Eli, I'm to old to know how to link something. Just go back to the previous page and youll see it under the date 12/7/14. John

In GEAR » Has anyone ordered from Big Sky International recently?
December 09, 8:34pm

Big Sky International
Hey Eli, Check back to 12/7/14 and you'll see a recent "New Big Sky Soul.....". There are a handful of purchasers that say they recently (2013) bought and had great service.

In GEAR » Has anyone ordered from Big Sky International recently?
December 09, 3:28pm

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