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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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All Forum Posts by John McAlpine

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Carbon tent Poles
I need to jump in on this subject too. I bought a Big Agnes Fly Creek 2 on sale. I sent the aluminum poles to Josh to have him use them as a template for making carbon fiber poles. I beleive I d...

In GEAR » Shout out for Josh at Ruta Locura
August 08, 8:43am

Zpack Kilt
I wear the zpack kilt and like it. It keeps my butt and thighs dry for minimal wieght. I find myself using it more as protection from a wet ground or dusty ground. I carry it in an outer pocket ...

In GEAR » Has Anyone Used a Rain "Kilt"?
August 07, 9:38am

“Thin-Wall” 550ml Cookpot
I really like the looks of 'zenazwalkers' setup. I see that LiteTrail is out of that thin wall 550ml pot. Anyone know who else might sell it? Evernew doesn't seem to carry it. Thanks

In GEAR » What is your favorite UL solo alcohol cook system?
August 01, 10:10am

20% Off @ Prolite Gear
I just got this today.... Use coupon code: XNA20 during checkout to get 20% all products not currently on sale at Coupon expires August 15, 2013.

In Gear Deals » 20% Off @ Prolite Gear
July 16, 9:31am

Are we sure about this?
Their fine print says the 20% off "Take20" doesn't apply to Western Mountaineering products.

In Gear Deals » Western Mountaineering on sale at OMC
June 20, 9:29am

Looking for Synthetic Quilt from Cottage Industry
I know Tim makes the Prodigy and ProdigyX quilts and their both great bags. What are my other 'quilt' options? Looking for a range around 30F. THANKS

In GEAR » Looking for Synthetic Quilt from Cottage Industry
June 17, 11:52am

I just called them up and they said "no" to your question. The sale will only be at the retail store here in on-line sale. I just noticed Anna covered your question.......

In Gear Deals » Seattle Area - Outdoor Research is Having Thier Parking Lot Sale May 16 - 19
May 09, 12:22pm

Seattle Area - Outdoor Research is Having Thier Parking Lot Sale May 16 - 19
Outside: 50% Off Outdoor Research apparel, hats, gloves, gaiters, and stuff sacks Also past season apparel, gear, and accessories from OR and other brands stickered with prices $1 and up! ...

In Gear Deals » Seattle Area - Outdoor Research is Having Thier Parking Lot Sale May 16 - 19
May 09, 8:29am

Does Pertex Sheild + 2.5L Really Work
Here in the Pacific Northwest we could find ourselves hiking in 6 hours of rain. Does Pertex Sheild + 2.5L really going to keep me dry or will it wet out? I remember having a product in Pertex an...

In Gear Deals » Several Rab Jackets on sale including 20% off
April 12, 9:09am

Only Smalls Remain
To bad....that would be a nice around the neighborhood vest.

In Gear Deals » Down Vests 14.99 at Land's End
April 10, 11:22am

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