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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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In Gear Deals » Steripen Adventurer on SAC right now
September 28, 1:41pm

Real Nice!
I've never sewed a thing in my life. I know I could never make a pack like that, even after many tries. Great job! I follow this site hoping to see something that'll make me try and your...

In Make Your Own Gear » MYOG Prettylight pack: Success
September 27, 9:50am

Sealine bag
Don't your legs hit the Sealine bag under the seat??? You have great gear on that bike.

In Bikepacking & Bicycle Touring » The Shortest Bikepacking Trip on Record
September 23, 12:23pm

I started biking to work about 3 years ago....8 miles each way. What a difference that has made. I feel like I can hike all day and never tire. I practically run up slopes while hiking. It'...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Anyone "train" for hiking?
September 23, 11:51am

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

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