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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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Pictures
If I am to arrive at that conclusion based on a photo, what should I make of Barack Obama bowing to the Saudi King?

In Chaff » PBS Front Line story about Rupert Murdoch Scandal
March 28, 2:06pm

UL7
If memory serves, the mat is 20d. I use a 1/4" pad under mine for protection and frame sheet for my pack that is 3/4 length.

In GEAR » It happened...the dreaded flat pad at 2AM (Exped SynMat UL7)
March 26, 12:20pm

Trail Rig
My trailhead rig from 1984 to 2004 was a Mitsubishi Montero 2 door. 485,000 miles with nothing but normal maintainence. I drove it everywhere from Nome to Cabo, BC to Nova Scotia, and everywhere ...

In Chaff » Vehicle of choice.
March 24, 8:07pm

Boots
If you can find a pair of Timberland Cadion XCR boots they should fit the bill. The are stiff enough to be crampon compatible and my two pair in size 11.5 weight 17oz for each boot +/- .75oz. Th...

In GEAR » Stiff-soled boots
March 17, 10:16am

Cairns
I knock them down as well.

In Philosophy & Technique » Cairns and LNT?
March 16, 9:23am

Trees
Until we get the pine beattles to take a political side, they will do more damage than either party.

In Chaff » Romney and Santorum on trees
March 10, 10:35am

Temps
I have been in the Winds during that time frame every year for the past 25 years. Sept is my favorite time as the days can still be warm, the bugs are pretty much gone and you can go for more than...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Wind River Range - End of August
March 09, 8:05am

Extras
No extra hiking clothes but I bring long top and bottom silkweight for camp/sleeping. I also have an extra pair of socks for hiking and alternate them on longer trips.

In GEAR » How many changes of clothes do you bring?
February 28, 4:52pm

Overfill
I have a Katabatic Chisos reg and wide with both overfilled 2 oz, or about 30% total. I much prefer the wider quilt at or below freezing as a side sleeper that tosses and turns throughout the nigh...

In GEAR » Quilts - Width and Overfill
February 28, 1:53pm

Re-entry
When I returned I had very little to come home to but had a supportive family. The plan was to hike the PCT, CDT, and then the AT back to back in three summers while going to college. Beginning s...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Post Thru-Hike - What Was Your Re-entry Experience Like?
February 26, 5:20pm

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