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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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How about a Vest?
It sounds like a vest would be perfect for what you're after. Find one with a 30 denier fabric. That should be durable enough.

In GEAR » Clothing experts
June 22, 9:58am

REI Packs Don't Need a Pad
I've tried both these packs on and they have a pad already.

In GEAR » Identify packs that require sleeping pads as frames
June 22, 8:24am

Weight of Booties
I was incorrect in my previous weight guess. I put a pair of the vinyl bottom Tyvek booties on my scale last night and a pair wieghs 1.35 ounces.

In GEAR » Newbies First Weekend Out
June 22, 8:06am

Tyvek Booties
Dont W, Yes...I bought them at USplastics.com. They only cost around $2.50/pair. Here's what they call them, Tyvek® Boot Cover With Vinyl Sole The sole definately was more thick tha...

In GEAR » Newbies First Weekend Out
June 21, 1:02pm

Newbies First Weekend Out
Actually I've been camping for 30 years, but this is my first time out with light weight gear. I was amazed how I couln't feel it on my back. I must've has 1/3 the weight I normally di...

In GEAR » Newbies First Weekend Out
June 21, 11:25am

Site for your Reading
Eric, REI has a great site that explains your question. I'm sure this will help. It compares many products. http://www.rei.com/expertadvice/articles/rainwear+how+it+works.html#breathe

In GEAR » Eddie Bauer WPB laminate??
June 21, 10:36am

Bummer - it's full
I just took a look and the REI class is full for tonight. Good job Sarah for attracting so much attention to outdoor cooking. I'm bummed I didn't see this earlier. I had no idea you were...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Seattle Area REI Trail Cooking Classes
June 17, 11:25am

2.5 oz per pair
http://www.integraldesigns.com/product_detail.cfm?id=765&CFID=29170&CFTOKEN=115 Try out the Integral Design eVent Shorty Gaiters.

In GEAR » lightest ankle gaiters.. from oven bags?
June 15, 12:59pm

Benchmade 530

In GEAR » Baladeo 34 Gram (1.19 oz) Knife
June 10, 9:20am

The majority of the packs listed above are made more specifically for travelers and not backpackers. They can all be used for backpacking but not as comfortable as one made just for it. The ones ...

In GEAR » France for 10 days- question about packing
June 09, 1:49pm

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