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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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Food weight
16 oz is what I take and about 2k calories per day. For a 14 day JMT I would be getting hungry about day 7 or 8 and mileage may start to suffer a bit. I went two weeks on the PCT eating nothin...

In Gear Lists » Everyone needs their own JMT 2012 gear list
April 22, 12:54pm

I tried the All Season, syn UL7, X therm, and down UL7. After at least a week on each, the down UL7 gets carried year-round. The combination of warmth, comfort, and ease of inflation won me over.

In GEAR » Sleeping pad: Exped SynMat UL 7 or BA Q-Core SL or...?
April 11, 10:40am

Just noticed your time frame. Definately my favorite time there, mostly warm days and cool nights with clear skies and few or no bugs. Having said that, I have experienced nightime lows in sing...

April 04, 10:29am

Winds and cannisters
I have been going to the Winds sinces the early 70's and have never had a bear problem. I've encountered a few over the years, but have found hanging from trees, cliffs, or large rocks mor...

April 04, 9:40am

I had lasik performed some 14 years ago and now need readers and have a bit of stigmatism that returned but I went from a 9.75 in both eyes to my current 1.25. I can see fine during the day but at...

In GEAR » Rx Sunglasses
April 02, 4:37pm

I initially had my sun glasses with the variable reading but didn't like the blurry peripheral vision. With my helmet on, bike, motorcycle, or ski, they rode up and I was looking through the r...

In GEAR » Rx Sunglasses
April 02, 11:15am

RX sunglasses
After years of transition lenses I recently got dedicated polarized sunglasses and couldn't be happier. My rx isn't that bad so I can get away with just one pair but I like stargazing whil...

In GEAR » Rx Sunglasses
April 02, 10:44am

I used an optimus 8r for a decade, MSR Whisperlite for two decades, alky for 2 years and then moved to cannisters - currently a Jet Boil Sol ti. Convenience and speed sealed the deal for me. Most...

In GEAR » Starting to doubt using my alcohol stove for cannister
March 25, 1:18pm

Sleep wear
I do as well. Silk weight long top and bottom 7.6oz for the pair, put on after a quick dip and my trail clothes are rinsed out nightly. This often makes for a chilly morning but it does motivate ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Separate sleeping clothes - yeah or nay
March 25, 1:00pm

Down ul vs syn ul
I have both but if I could only own one it would be the downmat ul. Super warm in the winter and no problem in the summer. I am a little cool below freezing on the syn and it just isn't enoug...

In GEAR » down vs synmats
March 22, 8:45pm

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