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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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Hip Belt Rubbing the Top of My Hip Bone Raw
Anyone else have this problem? I have the Osprey Exos 58, Zpacks Arc Blast, and the Gossamer Gear Mariposa. Around the fifth day, with reach pack, the top front of my hip bone is rubbed raw by th...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Hip Belt Rubbing the Top of My Hip Bone Raw
June 12, 9:19am

Brandon,, I am a heel walker, so maybe that was the problem? I don't know. The Mtn Gecko had a sole sorta similar to a Keen shoe. I like a little harder sole vs. a trail running shoe. I en...

In GEAR » GoLite XTComp or MTN Gecko?
May 22, 9:34am

I would like to see Joe or yourselves continue R & D on the Zpack Hexadome. Except I'd like to see one side go almost all the way down and the other side have a zippered entrance. It'...

In GEAR » What do the people WANT!?
May 20, 12:33pm

Zpacks Rain Skirt
I really like this piece of gear. I've never really noticed the noise it makes. Now I'm probably going to notice it all the time.......thanks. Yes, as a groumd cloth it works

In GEAR » zpacks rain skirt
May 18, 5:24pm

Yes....I pulled a skier out of a tree well
I just came off the lift at Snoqualmie Pass here in the Seattle area. A skier was screaming for help and i skied down to assist. His friend went head first in an inbound tree well. He said his f...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Have you ever saved someone's life?
May 16, 3:06pm

Mtn Gecko
I did a yo-yo hike of the final section of the PCT last year in the mtn gecko shoes......128 miles. The shoes breathed great and the sole was comfortable. My only problem was a slight sharp pain ...

In GEAR » GoLite XTComp or MTN Gecko?
May 16, 9:44am

Thanks Nick
Thanks for the information. Great to know so much is near what will probably be my exit point for 2014.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Is Cajun Pass a Good Exit Point on the PCT?
May 14, 11:28am

Planning PCT
I want to get this back on top so I can remember to think more about it. I don' t believe we can fit a trip thag fits all your requirements. Right now I'm thinking you should keep it simp...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Advice on a 3-month section hike on the PCT
May 09, 5:37pm

Cajun Pass
Thanks again for the offer Stephen. I'm glad to hear there's a McDonalds there, that's a good sign for hitching to the nearest town. I checked around and there does appear to be large...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Is Cajun Pass a Good Exit Point on the PCT?
May 09, 5:27pm

Is Cajun Pass a Good Exit Point on the PCT?
I just checked out Cajun Pass on Google Earth. Wow.....nothing there but trains and sand.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Is Cajun Pass a Good Exit Point on the PCT?
May 09, 10:50am

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