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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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Dang it!
I don't need another pack, but I just bougbt the Mariposa and that cool new extra large pad.

In Gear Deals » Gossamer Gear holiday sale
November 27, 7:54pm

I agree with you Bill
I picked up the Helios here on Gear Swap a couple years back. I find the length of the jacket to be about 4-inches to short in the back. When I wear it I find myself pulling the back down to keep...

In Gear Deals » PSA: Feathered Friends Helios 40 percent off
November 21, 12:45pm

Hiking the Rota Vicentina In Portugal
Has anyone ever hiked the Rota Vicentina in Portugal? I'm looking into it and am hoping for positive feedback.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Hiking the Rota Vicentina In Portugal
November 08, 8:33am

Carbon Fiber Poles?
I wonder if more weight can be saved by sending the poles to Ruta Locura and getting a set of carbon poles made. I did that with my Fly Creek 2 and dropped 4.5 ounces. The sad think is I've n...

In GEAR » MSR Hubba NX
November 04, 2:12pm

Link didn't work for me......
I tried the link ...nothing.

In Gear Lists » PCT 2014
November 01, 8:58am

Holy Cr@p
My jaw is still dropped. What a journey! You're an amazing woman.

In Editor's Roundtable » Thru-Hiking Alaska’s Arctic: A 1,000 Mile Solo Traverse
October 31, 9:24am

Sco Jo, Have you tried any shoes/boots made by Keen? I'm the same as you. When I hike in soft trail running shoes for beyond four days the lower back of my heels get these nasty deep blist...

In GEAR » Hiking shoe under $150 with a stiff sole
October 10, 8:42am

Love Hip and Outside Pockets...Love Them!
I also have the new Zpacks Arc Blast....a orange one. I ordered two additional top outside pockets and two of the hip belt pockets...oh...I also have a shoulder strap pocket. Yes..I'm a pocke...

In GEAR » HipBelt Pockets
October 08, 2:48pm

Any additional news?
I was just surfing the net and couldn't find any recent articles if they found the two miising hikers. It's sad she continued on even though she knew it was not safe. The gentleman they h...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Hikers in trouble on Pacific Crest Trail
October 04, 1:17pm

Nice Read
You're an excellent writer. I wish I was capable of the same. Congratulations on your successful hike. I had a 9 1/2 day 248 mile hike last year....wonderful, yet tiring.

In Editor's Roundtable » Light and Fast on Vermont’s Long Trail
October 04, 9:05am

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