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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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Winds
I am headed in for a week or two Sept 2nd. I don't mind the snow but the bugs drive me nuts! Was the snow consolidated enough for travel throughout the day or did you experience post holing u...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Wow - Lots of snow in the Wind River Range
July 29, 1:53pm

Winds maps
I have never used anything more than the Earthwalk Press 1:48,000 scale maps for travel throughout the Winds. I would estimate that I have more off trail miles than on and they have been fine. Ob...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Bear canister for Wind River?
July 24, 1:02pm

Interested
I would like to know the top fabric and dimensions as well. I will most likely purchase as well.

In Gear Deals » 6.4oz bivys
July 07, 1:00pm

Shangrila Inner net
Could you post the weight of the Shangrila 3 Inner net? I had John make me a solid 3/4 inner for my SL3(pics on his site) that came in at 24oz as I recall.

In GEAR » Bear Paw Tents Pyra tent
June 27, 9:30am

+1 on Long sleeves
I too pull my sleeves over my hands for sun protection. I have modified a couple of base layers with thumb holes farther back in the sleeve to accommodate this and it works great.

In GEAR » Sun Gloves?
June 26, 1:35pm

Panel
I too received one of these and the speaker for father's day and have been playing a bit with it. I don't intend to take it backpacking, but it could be removed from the heavy nylon and go...

In GEAR » Nomad 7 Solar Panel
June 26, 1:32pm

Hot or cold???
Just when I was warming up to the idea of global warming I am now being told that we are headed into the next ice age by the same people using the same data!!!! Glad I have a summer AND a winter q...

In Chaff » The Carbon Flame War
June 23, 10:00am

After Labor Day
After Labor Day has always been my favorite time in the Winds as typically the days are warm (50-60's), the nights cold (20-30's), the skies are clear, and there are little to no bugs. The...

In Fishing » Wind River Range in July
June 21, 4:46pm

Pack rifle
I have no need for a rifle but that is very cool. Two distributors in my backyard......I may have to check one out.

In Other Activities » Ti Goat Rifle
June 21, 9:15am

Katabatic Hoods
Just an FYI - The lighter hood is back in stock, 6 are available less the one I ordered.

In GEAR » Katabatic Alsek quilt w/pictures
June 16, 10:57am

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