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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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Wish List - One item Only
I just paid off my home and that leaves me with $1,400 per month that no longer goes to the bank, but just sits there in my checking account.... If you had that money per month what is your one ...

In GEAR » Wish List - One item Only
August 09, 1:39pm

Your Pad does Stand Out
The weight of your pad does stand out, but I agree with you 100%. I carry a NeoAir and I know there's lighter, but I like my comfort. The same goes with my pack. I know my 2.7 lb Osprey EXOS...

In Gear Lists » 140 Mile Colorado Loop Hike
August 09, 1:13pm

Eddie Bauer Returns - YES same as REI
I was at an Eddie Bauer store here in Seattle looking at a jacket and the sales woman told me you can bring anything back....regardless.....just like REI she said.

In Gear Deals » Eddie Bauer 1st Ascent Jackets
August 05, 12:51pm

3 gram Camera
Saturday morning I was on top of the 12,200 foot Mt Adams peak here in Washington State. A climber came up to me with a SD memory card wanting to use my Panasonic Lumix camera. BRILLIANT! His ca...

In GEAR » UL cameras?
August 02, 1:45pm

Mountain Laurel Designs Mittens are Available Now
"Mountain Laurel Designs will be coming out with uninsulated eVENT mittens fairly soon." I just bought a pair a few weeks ago. You'll need to seal them. They weigh around 3 oz/pair.

In GEAR » REI One Glove vs. Cloudveil Icefloe
July 29, 8:25am

Labor Day Weekend Sale
They always have a sale that weekend. You have 5 more weeks to wait.

In GEAR » Next REI 20% Sale
July 22, 8:48am 10 - 50% off
I took a quick look and they have Marmot bags, Granite Gear and Osprey packs on sale. Plus loads of other stuff.

In Gear Deals » 10 - 50% off
July 22, 8:42am

New Balance
I have the same problem and went through the same hunt. I finally went to a New Balance store and got measured for the first time. I'm a 4E in width. I bought there MT910 trail running shoe ...

In GEAR » Need some new hiking shoes for Wide feet
July 21, 9:13am

Cap 3
I wear my Cap 3 with front zip all the time when I know the tempature will be under 60 +/-. I wear it against my skin. (I don't know if that's base or mid?) The front zip helps to cool me...

In GEAR » Capilene 3 as a mid layer?
July 20, 3:46pm

Thanks Marc
Wow...THANKS for answering my question so quickly. I'm hoping you have a succesful trial of the cuben solo. I saw on Ryan Jordan's site what you made for him and he talked highly of that ...

In GEAR » Lightheart Solo Tent
July 19, 3:51pm

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