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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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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

I agree with Jeff. I've never read anyone talk about misting associated with Tarptent, so I always thought it was just the Tarptent Contrail I bought that had the problem. I bought a new co...

In GEAR » Single person 3-season shelter for rainy environment
January 08, 9:04am

@ Mark
Thanks Mark... Just let me know by emailing me johnm at

In Gear Deals » Brooks Range Cirro Extreme 120g Primaloft for $89
December 31, 8:19am

@ Mark
Mark, How tale are you? maybe I'll buy the medium off you, before you send it back to REI??? I'm 5'-9" @ 155 lbs.

In Gear Deals » Brooks Range Cirro Extreme 120g Primaloft for $89
December 30, 1:44pm

Montbell UL Down Parka
If you live in Seattle you can try on my medium Montbell UL down hooded parka. Oh I also have the EB jacket Eric mentioned.

In GEAR » Best choice among the UL down jackets?
December 12, 4:29pm

Wow...nice gear list...late ending
You completed the hike end of October? I live in the PNW and that's really late to be on the PCT. You must've run into a lot of snow on the trail.

In Gear Lists » Actual 2013 PCT Gear List for 2014 Hopefuls
December 09, 10:37am

How about a Link to the Site?

In Gear Deals » 24hrs Only - 20% Off The Original Down Hat
December 09, 10:27am

I just got Mine!
This looks fantastic! Can't wait to set it up this weekend.

In Gear Deals » LiteTrail Titanium Solid Fuel Cook System - V3 2014
December 04, 9:30pm

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