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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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My worst has been forgetting my shoes and getting out at the trailhead wearing flipflops. Two hours later, after heading into the nearest town, were on our way. We have a saying: If you forgot ...

In Gear Lists » Oh Man! I forgot my _______ again!
February 13, 4:16pm

Dropping food weight
I have found my food weight has been dropping over the years. For trips of less than 10 days I am at 17.5 oz and I add a bit more if going longer, but I don't add the food to the initial 10 da...

In GEAR » weight of food?
February 11, 10:03am

Re: Re: Leftist Rightwinger
Perhaps that is why I did well in debate-I wasn't emotionally invested in either side. I like to think I am just open minded.;-)

In Chaff » Where do you lie on the political/moral compass?
February 10, 8:14pm

Leftist Rightwinger
Your political compass Economic Left/Right: 0.00 Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -0.15 Almost got a I win a prize? As a side note - if this is my political compass,...

In Chaff » Where do you lie on the political/moral compass?
February 10, 7:25pm

Most value
I gave up trying to decide that and spend where I get the most value, which ussually isn't the cheapest. With respect to backpacking, my pack, bags, shelters, and pads are all US but I didn...

In Chaff » Frustrated
February 10, 5:40pm

I went for nearly 5 weeks without a stove on the PCT and didn't miss it a bit. When going solo I rarely take a stove on three season trips. My diet at home is mostly no cook as well, so for ...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » Ditching the stove and my new SUL gear list
February 08, 6:58pm

I too have a 4sevens quark mini123 and love it. About the size of your thumb and nearly 200 lumens. .62oz w/o battery and I made a headband for it that brings total weight to 1.4oz as I recall.

In GEAR » Ultra light flashlights
February 08, 1:43pm

This is what I use and like the fact that they cover all conditions. They go dark faster than they "transition" back, but it hasn't been a problem.

In GEAR » Transition lenses for backpacking?
February 08, 10:17am

I have one being shipped to the Cabela's near me that will be here Monday or Tuesday. I sure hope it's the xtherm as I am not interested in the xlite.

In GEAR » NeoAir Xtherm - In Stock at Cabelas !!!
February 08, 8:22am

Neoair allseason and xtherm
You may want to check these out. I purchased both and will be testing them the 17 th through the 21st. I have slept one night on the allseason and it was impressive.

In GEAR » Sleeping pad R-Value questions
February 07, 4:46pm

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