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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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All Forum Posts by John McAlpine

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Keens
Sco Jo, Have you tried any shoes/boots made by Keen? I'm the same as you. When I hike in soft trail running shoes for beyond four days the lower back of my heels get these nasty deep blist...

In GEAR » Hiking shoe under $150 with a stiff sole
October 10, 8:42am

Love Hip and Outside Pockets...Love Them!
I also have the new Zpacks Arc Blast....a orange one. I ordered two additional top outside pockets and two of the hip belt pockets...oh...I also have a shoulder strap pocket. Yes..I'm a pocke...

In GEAR » HipBelt Pockets
October 08, 2:48pm

Any additional news?
I was just surfing the net and couldn't find any recent articles if they found the two miising hikers. It's sad she continued on even though she knew it was not safe. The gentleman they h...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Hikers in trouble on Pacific Crest Trail
October 04, 1:17pm

Nice Read
You're an excellent writer. I wish I was capable of the same. Congratulations on your successful hike. I had a 9 1/2 day 248 mile hike last year....wonderful, yet tiring.

In Editor's Roundtable » Light and Fast on Vermont’s Long Trail
October 04, 9:05am

I LOVE Zpacks
yup....I also have the new Arc Blast and a handful of other products from Joe. Great gear! My new Arc Blast got its virgin journey a couple weeks ago. I completed a round trip hike of Section L ...

In GEAR » I LOVE Zpacks!
September 24, 9:02am

Suluk 46
Could it be on ice ax sold on www.suluk46.com

In GEAR » Found item: Ultralight Ice Axe
September 19, 2:24pm

Stupid question here....
What is the cotter pin for? I don't know why I'd need that for sewing. Sorry for being so clueless on the subject.

In Make Your Own Gear » MYO Chouinard Expedition Sewing Kit, 0.9 oz and under $10
September 05, 10:00am

Thumbing...that's my term for it. :-)
When I say 'thumbing' that's exactly what the bottom of my feet are doing after a long day with soft trail shoes. They feel like they have their own heart and they are pounding hard......

In GEAR » Help me choose footwear
August 28, 10:24am

Approach Shoes
For me I wouldn't use approach shoes. As Jim said they wear easily and they are also too narrow in the toe box. Everyone has there favorite shoe for hiking, I happen to like shoes with a litt...

In GEAR » Help me choose footwear
August 28, 9:48am

Carbon tent Poles
I need to jump in on this subject too. I bought a Big Agnes Fly Creek 2 on sale. I sent the aluminum poles to Josh to have him use them as a template for making carbon fiber poles. I beleive I d...

In GEAR » Shout out for Josh at Ruta Locura
August 08, 8:43am

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