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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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Is the Palisade a model from 2010 or 2011? Or put another way, is it blue or dark grey?

In Gear Swap » DOWN GALORE... Katabatic palisade, TNF chrysalis, TNF down bag/quilt
November 30, 8:09pm

Light boots
If you can find some Timberland Cadion XCR's I think you will be happy. Over the ankle, crampon compatible and 34oz for the pair in my 11.5 wide. There were some issues with earlier productio...

In GEAR » Dear Santa...
November 29, 9:07am

I was on the Atkins diet for two years and was amazed at how much weight I lost while consuming 3,500 to 4,000 kcals per day. I carefully monitored my ketones and remained in a state of ketosis f...

In Philosophy & Technique » Ketogenic diet as a way to lighten pack?
November 26, 8:07pm

Pointing out the problems and offering no solutions isn't going to go far. Combine that with not having having anyone in power wanting to make real changes, and it isn't likely to be more ...

In Chaff » Editorial on Occupy Wall Street
November 24, 4:11pm

Ideal pack features
I like one large main bag with a rolltop closure, side pockets that fit 1 liter bottles, a hipbelt with pockets, and a large back pocket for stuffing things on the go. I am currently a one backp...

In GEAR » What pack features do you like?
November 21, 10:09am

I echo others comments on cantilever or v brakes. Simple, effective, and light.

In Bikepacking & Bicycle Touring » Building bike for touring and commuting: road, cantilever or disc brakes?
November 21, 8:35am

+1 on getting away
I have taken an mp3 player a couple ot times but didn't really use it much. Unless it's a solo winter trip with lots of tent time, I am fine with the solitude. I had nearly five weeks...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » ended trip early
November 18, 11:19am

Site down
Looks like the site is down...perhaps they are fixing this?

In Gear Deals » Moosejaw
November 17, 8:32am

More warmth
Since this last spring I have been using a 16 oz quilt down into the mid 20's with great success. This has been combined with a ul7 synmat and the items that I normally carry with me. I sl...

In Philosophy & Technique » Extending sleeping bag ratings
November 16, 1:01pm

Long nights and short days
I used to worry about boredom winter camping but find as I have gotten older camp chores typically take up more than enough of my time. I also enjoy the long bag time and a good book or music. ...

In Winter Hiking » How do you make winter backpacking more enjoyable?
November 15, 2:34pm

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