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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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Cervical Vertebrae
I just can't imagine that being good for your cervical vertebrae. I want to see you hike comfortably for many more years....maybe think this one over. Sure I've seen them used all over th...

In Make Your Own Gear » Tumpline
September 23, 11:47am

Not eVent
I know we talked about this jacket a couple weeks ago, but I can't find the link. All I can say is it's not eVent, but the numbers are impressive.

In GEAR » First Ascent - BC-200 Jacket?
September 21, 4:08pm

I came back to this site after rethinking over the cuben kilt too. I've been out on loads of trips where it starts to rain and I toss on my raincoat, but ignore throwing on my rainpants (over ...

In GEAR » TrailLite Designs...
September 17, 9:34am

Mayonnaise Container all the Way
I agree with Dale. I believe Dale mentioned this in a previous Sterpin question. I find the plastic mayonnaise containers to be a great alternative, with very large openings and 1.8oz/50g weight....

In GEAR » steripen compatible container
September 17, 9:14am

Interesting......I've never seen a cuben fiber kilt.

In GEAR » TrailLite Designs...
September 16, 12:04pm

Best Review!
My jaw dropped at how well you covered your review of the HMG Echo 1 tent. Way to go! It looks like HMG really cares about their craftmanship. Weight issues are always difficult. The next one t...

In GEAR » HMG Echo I - Initial Impressions
September 16, 9:37am

Here's what I Found about the Tent
Luxe Mini Peak II OnlyNZ$179.00 +Shipping Use a trekking stick or pole to pitch. Features: •Versatile lightweight pyramid style tent with twin entrances •Uses a trekking pole...

In GEAR » Luxe Mini Peak II ~ first look
September 16, 9:17am

Ryan's Review
Does anyone know when Ryan's review is coming out on this tent?? I'm ready to get this tent, but I want to know if he's come up with any options he feels must be added.

In GEAR » Lightheart Gear has Gone Cuben
September 15, 12:33pm

Seam taped = sealed seams?
Help me out with this. Is Lightheart's 'seam taped' the same as what Hyperlight Mountain Gear does? From HPG's site...."we employ sealed seams which have tested stronger th...

In Make Your Own Gear » Tape Questions
September 14, 3:22pm

Seam Taped
Help me out with this. Is Lightheart's 'seam taped' the same as what Hyperlight Mountain Gear does? From HPG's site...."we employ sealed seams which have tested stronger th...

In GEAR » Lightheart Gear has Gone Cuben
September 14, 3:19pm

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