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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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Simple tree branch filter makes dirty water drinkable
Here's a great article I just read that I found interesting. I may have to try this some least as a pre-filter.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Simple tree branch filter makes dirty water drinkable
March 04, 2:39pm

@ Tim
Sort of..... the cuben awning is like the silnylon wedge, but not removable. I wish i was able to unzip my awning for removal during real windy nights. I find i use the awning (wedge) when I am ...

In GEAR » Lightheart Solo or SMD Trekker for PNW
February 27, 8:53pm

I'm in Seattle with a Solo
If you find yourself moving to Seattle, you're more than welcome to check out my Lightheart cuben solo with awning.

In GEAR » Lightheart Solo or SMD Trekker for PNW
February 27, 2:19pm

Thanks for the Input
All good jacket makers. I'm leaning towards Wild Things due to its length. THANKS

In GEAR » Looking for Cottage Industry that Makes Synthetic Insulation Jackets
February 18, 9:01am

Looking for Cottage Industry that Makes Synthetic Insulation Jackets
I'm looking for a jacket with hood that has a minimum 120 g Primaloft One or Climashield Apex. I'd like to support our US made small businesses. Do you have any names for me? I did fin...

In GEAR » Looking for Cottage Industry that Makes Synthetic Insulation Jackets
February 17, 8:53am

Too Much Draft for Me
I tried a quilt and found I didn't like the draft coming in throughout the night. That kept me awake. I had one of the gear makers build me a sleeping bag with a full nylon sheet on the botto...

In GEAR » Has anyone here switched to a quilt and liked it LESS than a regular sleeping bag?
February 17, 8:49am

I just got the same pack and I'm wondering the same thing. I looked around the pack trying to determine what the snaps connect luck. I also own an Exos 34, 46, and 58. I'm lo...

In GEAR » 2014 G.G. Mariposa.
February 08, 10:37am

Get the Micro-spikes
I wore my micro-spikes to Lake Annette (Dale's photo) two weekends ago and really needed them. Half way up the snow was compacted and to difficult without traction. The micro-spikes performed...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Microspikes/crampons and/or snowshoe recommendations?
January 27, 9:37pm

Big Sky International Tents
If money really isn't an option you may want to look at a tent from Big Sky. They provide loads of options to create a very light tent. Each option will cost you.....

In GEAR » Big Agnes Fly Creek Platinum UL2... Best tent for 2 doing 200 miles on PCT in SoCal?
January 15, 4:40pm

+2 for a mid tent
I bring along a sheet of tyvek between me and the snow. A mid gives you plenty of space and is great protection if you get over a foot of snow overnight.

In GEAR » Lightweight winter tent for Pacific Northwest?
January 09, 7:42am

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