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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'm running to IKEA this weekend. I need to find a way to mount my alcohol stove when needed.

In Make Your Own Gear » 3,06 oz. ikea woodstove
August 11, 1:59pm

Osprey Confersion
I was looking at my Osprey EXOS pack and I think it can only be done by cutting away the existing pack material 1-inch from the frame. The cubin pack would need to be attached to this 1-inch lip o...

In Make Your Own Gear » Who Can Make This?
August 11, 12:33pm

Thanks Aaron
2 lbs 11 oz seems heavy for that tent. The new 2 person, double wall, Easton Kilo is 2.2 lbs. Something to think about.

In GEAR » Wish List - One item Only
August 10, 3:39pm

Who Can Make This?
I'd like to take an Osprey EXOS pack and remove the bag from the frame, keeping the belt and shoulder straps connected to the frame. Then I'd like a cuben fiber bag built onto the frame. ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Who Can Make This?
August 10, 1:10pm

Airline Ticket
I will be traveling...that's a given. I've planned a trip already to Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso and Ghana. I really like my Osprey EXOS pack. I'm thinking of buying a 2nd one an...

In GEAR » Wish List - One item Only
August 10, 12:43pm

885ml at 1.75 OZ
I agree with Dale and Tom. I was at Safeway and picked up some mayonnaise, emptied the container, cleaned it and weighed it. It has a large mouth of I'd say 4-inches. This will work well for...

In GEAR » Absolute Lightest 1L Water Bottle
August 10, 11:12am

Great Ideas
I really like that all cuben fiber Big Sky tent. To bad there's no info on it. I did find it on this site. Here in the Northwest I find it difficult to find a tent...

In GEAR » Wish List - One item Only
August 10, 9:23am

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

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