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John Vance (Servingko) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Intermountain West
About Me Thru hiked the PCT in 1983 and half of the CDT in 84. Backpacking since 1973 when I did my first 50 miler as a scout. Total gear nut and have dropped from a base weight of 35lbs to 10 - 12lbs and love spending time in the mountains even more. I typically get out for 2 week long trips and several weekend trips each year.
CitySalt Lake City
StateUtah
CountryUSA

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All Forum Posts by John Vance

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Re: Re: Re: I don't think bugs will be an issue
Sorry, I leave a week from tomorrow hence the longer term look. If you take the CDT you can make it more interesting by staying on the Freemont trail as the Highline can be a bit mundane. You can...

In Pre-Trip Planning » current Wind River Range conditions?
August 21, 8:17pm

Re: I don't think bugs will be an issue
I would much rather deal with snow than bugs. Timing will be everything, but the longer range forecast shows a warming and drying trend.

In Pre-Trip Planning » current Wind River Range conditions?
August 21, 4:10pm

Re: Winds bug news
I am hoping for a good hard freeze in the next week or so...may be wishful thinking. Still not sure if I will be in the north end or south end and may not decide until I am coming up on Big Piney.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Wind River Range in August
August 20, 9:49pm

Re: Pad?
I have found that the combination of wide pad with reg width quilt or wide quilt with reg pad width pad works wonders for warmth and draft control. I am 5'9" 170lbs athletic build and hav...

In GEAR » Another Quilt Discussion
August 19, 10:16pm

Re: Wind river range clothing opinions needed for late august early sept
What you are planning sounds good but the forecast may change and you may need more or less. I am in the Winds every fall for 7-14 days and have been lulled into complacency with mild weather for ...

In Gear Lists » Wind river range clothing opinions needed for late august early sept
August 19, 6:04pm

Re: Re: Exped Med UL7 Downmat New $170
Bump....any offers?

In Gear Swap » Exped Med UL7 Downmat New $170
August 19, 8:24am

Re: Exped Med UL7 Downmat New $170
Going to ebay after the weekend.

In Gear Swap » Exped Med UL7 Downmat New $170
August 16, 8:25am

Exped Med UL7 Downmat New $170
I have a new, in original packaging, UL7 Downmat in the med size (20"x72") that was a warranty replacement and includes everything. I haven't even taken it out of the packaging. Whi...

In Gear Swap » Exped Med UL7 Downmat New $170
August 15, 9:02am

Re: Re: bugs in the Winds
Typically they are. I have been going to the Winds for nearly 40 years since first visiting as a scout on a 75 mile trip. Most of those years the bugs have been little to none at the end of Augus...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Wind River Range in August
August 07, 9:44pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Wind River Range in August
I sure hope another month makes a difference in the bugs. I'll be there for my yearly Fall trip 8/29 through 9/7 or so and hopefully we will have a couple of hard freezes by then. Thanks for ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Wind River Range in August
August 06, 2:09pm

All Reader Reviews by John Vance

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Katabatic Chisos
This is from previous posts but I thought I would include it here as well. I received my Chisos with 2oz overfill and just wanted to update those waiting to hear a little more about my initial imp...

In Sleeping Bags - Quilts & Top Bags
June 06, 11:48am

Katabatic Gear Sawatch
I know I only have spent 4 nights using my Katabatic Sawatch, I wanted to get a review out for those interested that I have posted elsewhere on this site but not in the review area. I can say thi...

In Sleeping Bags - Quilts & Top Bags
June 10, 10:18am

Six Moon Designs Swift10
Now that I have some miles on my 2010 Swift I thought I would prepare a more thorough review. I have been using a 2006 SMD Starlight for the past few years and really love it coming from a brief stin...

In Backpacks - Frameless
June 10, 10:09am

Kookabay Custom Down Air Mattress (DAM)
I recently my pad from Bender yesterday and have to say I am impressed. The seams and sealing is very consistent, straight, and even. My custom pad used the standard 70d fabric and is 24" wide, 6...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
April 22, 11:08am