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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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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

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

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