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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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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

Looking for Input on Big Sky Soul 1P
I'm reactivating this subject. I'd like to hear if others have more info on this tent. Nathan?'s the tent been?

In GEAR » New Big Sky Soul - double wall freestanding tent...18 ounces
December 06, 7:49pm

I've lived in rainy Seattle my entire life and try to hike year round. I'm surprised none of the locals mentioned using an umbrella. I carry my chrome dome whenever I know I might get rai...

In GEAR » Return to Goretex in rainy climates?
November 19, 8:45pm

Free Standing Tent
Like many on this site i own a bandful of tents. For my method of hiking I prefer a free standing tent. Here in the PNW I hike alone , and I hiked until dark. At that time I need to start lookin...

In GEAR » Cuben free standing tent
October 30, 8:03pm

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