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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.
CitySalt Lake City
StateUtah
CountryUSA

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All Forum Posts by John Vance

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Re: Pad?
I have found that the combination of wide pad with reg width quilt or wide quilt with reg pad width pad works wonders for warmth and draft control. I am 5'9" 170lbs athletic build and hav...

In GEAR » Another Quilt Discussion
August 19, 10:16pm

Re: Wind river range clothing opinions needed for late august early sept
What you are planning sounds good but the forecast may change and you may need more or less. I am in the Winds every fall for 7-14 days and have been lulled into complacency with mild weather for ...

In Gear Lists » Wind river range clothing opinions needed for late august early sept
August 19, 6:04pm

Re: Re: Exped Med UL7 Downmat New $170
Bump....any offers?

In Gear Swap » Exped Med UL7 Downmat New $170
August 19, 8:24am

Re: Exped Med UL7 Downmat New $170
Going to ebay after the weekend.

In Gear Swap » Exped Med UL7 Downmat New $170
August 16, 8:25am

Exped Med UL7 Downmat New $170
I have a new, in original packaging, UL7 Downmat in the med size (20"x72") that was a warranty replacement and includes everything. I haven't even taken it out of the packaging. Whi...

In Gear Swap » Exped Med UL7 Downmat New $170
August 15, 9:02am

Re: Re: bugs in the Winds
Typically they are. I have been going to the Winds for nearly 40 years since first visiting as a scout on a 75 mile trip. Most of those years the bugs have been little to none at the end of Augus...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Wind River Range in August
August 07, 9:44pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Wind River Range in August
I sure hope another month makes a difference in the bugs. I'll be there for my yearly Fall trip 8/29 through 9/7 or so and hopefully we will have a couple of hard freezes by then. Thanks for ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Wind River Range in August
August 06, 2:09pm

Re: Re: Wind River Range in August
Last year I went over knapsack Col the first week of Sept and it was mostly bare, just a bit of snow at the top. The last 150 yards or so were on a combination of ice and frozen gravel. What we...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Wind River Range in August
August 06, 9:46am

Re: contact FF
If I had to guess I would say that it's a large Ptarmigan. With the color combo info, Feathered Friends may be able to help identify the year and model.

In GEAR » Which Feathered Friends Bag??
August 05, 11:58am

Re: Re: bonneville
You'll be fine. If after crossing the pass you head down to the south end of Bonneville lake you should pick up the trail heading west to the Fremont trail and Highline trail. Heading north e...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Wind River Range Bonneville Pass Experience
August 04, 11:55am

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