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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.
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All Forum Posts by John Vance

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Winds & Bear Spray
I have been going to the Winds for decades and never take Bear spray. That may one day prove to be foolish but I have had few encounters there, a Grizz on the northside of Porcipine Pass, another ...

In Post-Trip Reports » September Trip to the Winds
November 16, 8:31am

Item has sold! Thanks again!!!!

In Gear Swap » Katabatic Sawatch NEW
November 15, 11:21am

Katabatic Sawatch NEW ***SOLD***
Item has SOLD... I have a brand new unused Katabatic Sawatch, 6 foot length and regular width for sale. This bag belongs to my hiking partner. It is the original 850 fill model that is a bit w...

In Gear Swap » Katabatic Sawatch NEW
November 14, 4:46pm

I have a not had any problems with the 30d fabric on the UL7 down or syn bit I don't have more than 30 nights on either. I do have an 8 to 10 year old down mat 7 with the 75d/150d fabric that ...

In GEAR » Results of comparing r-value, cost and weight to Downmat vs. Synmat
November 14, 4:02pm

Bad weather
I am all for a little weather and a big pass to keep the crowds down.

In Philosophy & Technique » Are We Going Soft? Asks the BMC's Carey Davies
November 07, 1:54pm

Sweet deal
Great pack and better price. I carried a Starlight for a couple years and then picked up a Swift - love it! I just may order a spare.

In Gear Deals » Six Moons Designs
November 06, 4:30pm

Arrived and looks great. Thanks!
Thanks again - John

In Gear Swap » Golite 800 Fill jacket, Medium
November 05, 6:57pm

Winds in Sept
Sept is my favorite time of the year in the Winds - or any other range for that matter. My first trip to the Winds was in 1975ish and I have been back almost every year since. This past Sept ra...

In Post-Trip Reports » September Trip to the Winds
November 04, 9:59am

PM sent...
I'll take it.

In Gear Swap » Golite 800 Fill jacket, Medium
October 28, 11:16am

I picked one up when they first came out to compare to my current quilts. It is very nice and at the current pricing is a steal. It was 1.5 oz over the stated weight for the med but was nicely fi...

In GEAR » Golite z30 quilt- Experience? Love it? Hate it?
October 03, 12:07pm

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