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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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I just got Mine!
This looks fantastic! Can't wait to set it up this weekend.

In Gear Deals » LiteTrail Titanium Solid Fuel Cook System - V3 2014
December 04, 9:30pm

New Scout Plus UL2 looks Pretty Sweet.
I like that they brought the poles outside. That gives a lot of usable space on the inside. The weight is pretty nice too for a two person tent. https://www.bigagnes.com/Products/Detail/Tent/s...

In GEAR » Big Agnes Scout UL2
December 03, 4:37pm

Carry a Printed Set with You
I must be old school. Electronics fail and then you'll have no maps. Just send yourself a set of maps at each resupply point. What's that going to weigh....1 oz? It might be just me, bu...

In GEAR » Halfmile's Maps
December 03, 9:43am

I've been waiting for you to get this system back in stock ever since I read CenAZwalker blog about it. Looking forward to trying it and saving a few ounces. Thanks

In Gear Deals » LiteTrail Titanium Solid Fuel Cook System - V3 2014
November 29, 7:54am

Dang it!
I don't need another pack, but I just bougbt the Mariposa and that cool new extra large pad.

In Gear Deals » Gossamer Gear holiday sale
November 27, 7:54pm

I agree with you Bill
I picked up the Helios here on Gear Swap a couple years back. I find the length of the jacket to be about 4-inches to short in the back. When I wear it I find myself pulling the back down to keep...

In Gear Deals » PSA: Feathered Friends Helios 40 percent off
November 21, 12:45pm

Hiking the Rota Vicentina In Portugal
Has anyone ever hiked the Rota Vicentina in Portugal? I'm looking into it and am hoping for positive feedback. http://vimeo.com/41911103 http://www.rotavicentina.com/?lang=en

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Hiking the Rota Vicentina In Portugal
November 08, 8:33am

Carbon Fiber Poles?
I wonder if more weight can be saved by sending the poles to Ruta Locura and getting a set of carbon poles made. I did that with my Fly Creek 2 and dropped 4.5 ounces. The sad think is I've n...

In GEAR » MSR Hubba NX
November 04, 2:12pm

Link didn't work for me......
I tried the link ...nothing.

In Gear Lists » PCT 2014
November 01, 8:58am

Holy Cr@p
My jaw is still dropped. What a journey! You're an amazing woman.

In Editor's Roundtable » Thru-Hiking Alaska’s Arctic: A 1,000 Mile Solo Traverse
October 31, 9:24am

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