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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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I joined this site about 3 months ago and after spending loads of money I've gotten down to 10 pounds and my back and knees are happy.

In GEAR » Thanks!
July 08, 2:07pm

Showers Pass
I have a biking jacket from Showers Pass that's made of eVent. It cost around $ that jacket. It breaths great. I ride all year in Seattle with it...while not when it's hot out.

In GEAR » How to choose between HyVent 3L and DT 2.5L?
June 30, 9:07am

Exped Air Pillow @ REI
I like this 3 oz pillow from REI. I believe it weighed 3.15 on my scale. I throw a shirt over it to make it 'softer'.

In GEAR » Pillow woes
June 30, 9:04am

Tyvek Booties with Vynal Bottom
I bought the booties from I bought around 5 pairs. I've used them once so far and enjoyed how easy they are. They're not TEVA's or sandles, but work great for my need....

In GEAR » Anyone seen these insanely cheap tyvek clothing?
June 29, 8:44am

Sarah - Help
Sarah, Where in Seattle are you finding yogurt powder? I live in West Seattle and went to QFC and PCC...nothing. I made the drink without and it was still good, but I'd like to add the yog...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Breakfast trail shake recipes?
June 28, 12:03pm

+ 1 for the EXOS
Ditto for the EXOS

In GEAR » Ventilated Back Backpacks
June 28, 8:49am

Thanks for the fantastic info on your new MB spiral. Is that the Big Agnes Flycreek 1 in the picture? I've been wanting to see a bag in one. REI can't keep them in stock for me to see on...

In GEAR » Montbell Super Spiral
June 24, 3:00pm

I've been fortunate enough to travel to 14 African countries with over a total of 1 year there. It can get miserably hot and all I wear is cotton. I've tried the breathable polyster/nylon...

In GEAR » Cotton shirt in summer
June 24, 10:50am

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

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