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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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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

Not in Production but Fun to Look at...............

In GEAR » Cuben free standing tent
October 27, 3:56pm

ZPacks Arc Blast 52 Liters
I bought this backpack in June of 2013. All this pack has seen is 128 miles of trails over 4 nights and 5 days......a yo-yo of the last section of the PCT. The pack still looks brand cu...

In Gear Swap » ZPacks Arc Blast 52 Liters
October 13, 3:09pm

I am selling my..............

In User Test Forum » Test
October 13, 2:16pm

How about these guys???? If you do get one of their bags I'd like to hear about it. They have an Apex 200 good to around 30 degree F. I know you're looking for a colde...

In GEAR » Current light weight synthetic sleeping bags?
August 25, 2:28pm

Wolf, I'm 5'9" and I weigh 157 lbs. I too have a 38 chest with a 30 waist. I own two RR Eco Mesh shirts in a size medium. They fit me perfectly.

In GEAR » Rail Riders sizing help
July 26, 9:13pm

Thank you for sharing your videos..... Absolutely fantastic! Those bears would scare tbe hell out of me.

In Post-Trip Reports » Hiking across Kodiak Island, Alaska
June 22, 7:51pm

Wonderland Trail
Great information with equally as nice photos. I've lived in Seattle my whole life, but have yet to hike the trail. I too have a difficult time having to stay at assigned campsites. I fully ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Wonderland Trail
June 17, 2:26pm

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

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