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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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Young backpackers?
I marvel at how few young backpackers I run into on the trail. At 52 I am one of the younger but do admit I spend my time backpacking between Labor Day and Memorial Day to avoid summer crowds and ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Is backpacking only for the young!
October 02, 6:59pm

Just Go
Now you can go and enjoy the mountains as they should be, permit and hassle free!

In Pre-Trip Planning » Do I need a Wilderness permit to get on the JMT during the Government Shutdown?
October 01, 2:00pm

WM Highlite
I have many nights in this bag and found it comfortable into the 30's in light base layers and socks. I routinely took it down into the 20's augmented with a FF down vest and heavy tights....

In GEAR » Sub-$300 light sleeping bag - WM Highlite?
September 25, 7:36pm

Just got back this afternoon from the Winds and was almost too warm in a Katabatic Chisos sleeping on an Exped UL7 downmat. Nearly 12 days and very warm weather. All but two nights where above 11...

In GEAR » Which sleeping bag in the Winds next week?
September 07, 5:59pm

Extra Food
For trips of 10 days or less I carry 17oz of food at 1550 calories per day and no extra. One nice thing about the aging process is the ultra slow metabolism and I generally come home at the same w...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » How Much Extra Food? If Any?
August 28, 9:08pm

Highline Trail
Insulation is totally dependent on the weather in three or four weeks. It could still be relatively warm or extremely cold. The Highline is fairly low as far as the Winds are concerned, but the ...

In Gear Lists » Late Sept. Highline Trail end to end:
August 26, 4:03pm

Great to hear. I get in the lakes and rivers quite often and they can be bad.

In Post-Trip Reports » Wind River Traverse: Green River Lakes to Big Sandy
August 20, 2:20pm

That is a great trip. I did basically the same route a few years back although south to north and out the old glacier trail. How were the biting bugs? I am headed to the Winds for ten days on L...

In Post-Trip Reports » Wind River Traverse: Green River Lakes to Big Sandy
August 20, 10:50am

Chad, I will take care of the paypal later this afternoon. Thanks again, John

In Gear Swap » FS Brawny Gear Sil Rainjacket, Minus 33 Top
June 05, 2:15pm

Rain jacket
I'll take the rain jacket. Slow thumbs... Next in line please. Thnks

In Gear Swap » FS Brawny Gear Sil Rainjacket, Minus 33 Top
June 05, 10:01am

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