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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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Re: The basic 4 if $$ were not a concern
My favorites: Bag/Quilts Western Mountaineering, Feathered Friends, Katabatic, EE Pads Neoair xlite or xtherm or Exped Syn UL or Down UL Packs Katabatic, ULA, MLD, SMD Tent/Shelter ...

In GEAR » The basic 4 if $$ were not a concern
May 28, 10:23am

Re: + a lot on the Winds
I too have been all over the globe an the Winds are second to none, although Patagonia is pretty sweet as well but isn't an option based on your criteria. ;-) There are a number of loops and...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Help!! Permits Denied!!
May 28, 8:57am

Re: Re: How do you rinse out clothes? Wash off body?
I jump in from time to time during the day if the opportunity presents itself and the weather permits. For washing with Dr Bronners, I fill my 2 L platypus and wet my bandanna, apply a drop or two...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How do you rinse out clothes? Wash off body?
May 27, 10:46am

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Soap
I am not aware of any odor free soap, just unscented which isn't the same. I too, carry .75 oz of hand sanitizer as much for hands as a fire starting backup, and a dropper bottle of Dr Bronner...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Anyone know of a truly odorless soap in bar form?
May 27, 10:28am

Re: Re: The ‘Wild’ effect Hikers are flooding the Pacific Crest Trail
Back when I went I 1983 I don't remember anyone specifically hanging out to see hikers off. I also don't remember a single permit being needed but that may have been an oversight. I also ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » The ‘Wild’ effect Hikers are flooding the Pacific Crest Trail
May 17, 7:27pm

I have ordered quite a bit from them. Fast shipping and good prices. I don't know how they are on returns though as I have been happy with my purchases as has my family.

In Gear Deals »
May 17, 1:13pm

Re: Limited Time Deal on Packa (Rain Poncho)
Sorry to hear you lost the first one. I have been looking at the Packa for 6 or 7 years and finally ordered a 20d that was delivered last Saturday. Having made the move to a poncho some years ago...

In Gear Deals » Limited Time Deal on Packa (Rain Poncho)
May 16, 10:01am

Re: Re: REI numbers/dates
I don't know my number but joined in 1973 or 1974 when I purchased a "Downside Up" mummy bag with down on top (550 fill) and Dacron (88)hollowfill on the bottom. It was mailed ordere...

In GEAR » Never buying from REI again
May 10, 9:36pm

Re: Re: how large is your pack?
I am down to one pack for everything. A 2010 SMD Swift that is 18oz with a piece of foam in the pad pocket as I carry an air mattress. I do have a fanny pack that I use for short day hikes, mostl...

In GEAR » how large is your pack?
May 09, 2:48pm

Re: Re: Which small camera with viewfinder?
Does anyone have experience with the new Lumix LX100? It seems to be pushing all my buttons but I haven't found a lot of real world experience reviews.

In Photography » Which small camera with viewfinder?
May 09, 2:27pm

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