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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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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

Sleep aids
I sometimes use a product called "Midnite" to help me stay asleep. I can fall asleep so fast I often don't remember the process, but I tend to wake up and have hard time going back ...

In GEAR » Take any meds to fall asleep after a medium size hiking day?
May 22, 2:09pm

Syn UL7 vs Down UL7
I have both and experienced feeling a bit cool on the syn mat. I found myself augmenting the mat with a 1/4" ccf pad on most trips and ultimately added the UL downmat. Down to about free...

In GEAR » Exped Synmat UL 7 felt "cool" under hips at 5-8 deg C
May 21, 2:52pm

Hood vs hoodless
I have a Sawatch and a Chisos along with the lighter Katabatic hood. I also have a hooded Golite Bitteroot as well as a FF Hyperion vest. I much prefer the hood attached to my jacket when worn ...

In GEAR » Hooded down jacket or separate hood?
May 20, 2:06pm

CCF sit pad
I cut my sit/kneel/stand pad from a larger pad and use it all the time. It is some 12"x18" or so and is the last thing placed in my pack on top of everything else. I too would avoid any...

In GEAR » Sit Pad options?
May 16, 2:58pm

JMT ?'s
+1 and checkmate!

In GEAR » Which Pencil for the JMT?
May 15, 4:48pm

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