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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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Zpacks Rain Skirt
I really like this piece of gear. I've never really noticed the noise it makes. Now I'm probably going to notice it all the time.......thanks. Yes, as a groumd cloth it works

In GEAR » zpacks rain skirt
May 18, 5:24pm

Yes....I pulled a skier out of a tree well
I just came off the lift at Snoqualmie Pass here in the Seattle area. A skier was screaming for help and i skied down to assist. His friend went head first in an inbound tree well. He said his f...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Have you ever saved someone's life?
May 16, 3:06pm

Mtn Gecko
I did a yo-yo hike of the final section of the PCT last year in the mtn gecko shoes......128 miles. The shoes breathed great and the sole was comfortable. My only problem was a slight sharp pain ...

In GEAR » GoLite XTComp or MTN Gecko?
May 16, 9:44am

Thanks Nick
Thanks for the information. Great to know so much is near what will probably be my exit point for 2014.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Is Cajun Pass a Good Exit Point on the PCT?
May 14, 11:28am

Planning PCT
I want to get this back on top so I can remember to think more about it. I don' t believe we can fit a trip thag fits all your requirements. Right now I'm thinking you should keep it simp...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Advice on a 3-month section hike on the PCT
May 09, 5:37pm

Cajun Pass
Thanks again for the offer Stephen. I'm glad to hear there's a McDonalds there, that's a good sign for hitching to the nearest town. I checked around and there does appear to be large...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Is Cajun Pass a Good Exit Point on the PCT?
May 09, 5:27pm

Is Cajun Pass a Good Exit Point on the PCT?
I just checked out Cajun Pass on Google Earth. Wow.....nothing there but trains and sand.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Is Cajun Pass a Good Exit Point on the PCT?
May 09, 10:50am

Is Cajon Pass a Good Exit Point on the PCT?
Next April I would like to do the PCT from Campo to HWY 15 (Cajun Pass)....342 miles. I simply don't have the time to do a complete thru-hike. I'm afraid I'll be one of those that doe...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Is Cajun Pass a Good Exit Point on the PCT?
May 09, 9:38am

Inside pocket
I had Joe add a pocket on the inside of the pack, up against my back. It's a small zippered pocket about 6" x 6". I wanted this to place in my car keys, driver license, money, and c...

In GEAR » Your ZPacks Arc Blast Customizations - (or other UL/MYOG packs)
May 08, 8:15am

Anyone Hike the Rota Vicentina in Portugal?
I'll be on the trail mid-April. I plan to hike the Fisherman's Trail portion. I only plan to spend around 5-7 days on it. There's much more I want to see in Portugal. Anyone have ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Anyone Hike the Rota Vicentina in Portugal?
March 23, 3:15pm

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