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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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I LOVE Zpacks
yup....I also have the new Arc Blast and a handful of other products from Joe. Great gear! My new Arc Blast got its virgin journey a couple weeks ago. I completed a round trip hike of Section L ...

In GEAR » I LOVE Zpacks!
September 24, 9:02am

Suluk 46
Could it be on ice ax sold on

In GEAR » Found item: Ultralight Ice Axe
September 19, 2:24pm

Stupid question here....
What is the cotter pin for? I don't know why I'd need that for sewing. Sorry for being so clueless on the subject.

In Make Your Own Gear » MYO Chouinard Expedition Sewing Kit, 0.9 oz and under $10
September 05, 10:00am

Thumbing...that's my term for it. :-)
When I say 'thumbing' that's exactly what the bottom of my feet are doing after a long day with soft trail shoes. They feel like they have their own heart and they are pounding hard......

In GEAR » Help me choose footwear
August 28, 10:24am

Approach Shoes
For me I wouldn't use approach shoes. As Jim said they wear easily and they are also too narrow in the toe box. Everyone has there favorite shoe for hiking, I happen to like shoes with a litt...

In GEAR » Help me choose footwear
August 28, 9:48am

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

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