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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: 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

Re: Re: Re: BRS-3000T mod
Very nice! I have two of these stoves and a spare JB cup.....time to get out the torch and bend some ti!

In Gear Deals » Ruta Locura Sale/ New stove setup
May 07, 4:18pm

Re: Re: We talk a lot about bears. What about boars?
I had wild Boar for lunch last week in Denver, with a grape sauce.....quite tasty. I have run into them in AZ and many feral pigs in the mountains around the NorCal Bay Area but no real problems. ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » We talk a lot about bears. What about boars?
May 07, 1:32pm

Re: My "wind shirt" rant...
I have been in the poncho and wind shirt camp for a while and take the wind shirt on every trip and the poncho if rain is in the forecast. This has served me well but can be a bit unwieldy off tra...

In Multiple Use Gear » My "wind shirt" rant...
May 06, 2:33pm

Re: Re: Down bag for Summer in Olympic National Park?
I have spent many weeks there and areas round about with a good old fashioned down bag and no problems.

In GEAR » Down bag for Summer in Olympic National Park?
May 03, 8:22pm

Re: Re: FS: Katabatic Gear Palisade 30 degree, LONG length
This is the earlier version and is wider than the current regular width quilt. I felt that it was a nice compromise between the regular and wide and on a wide pad I had no coverage issues but I ha...

In Gear Swap » FS: Katabatic Gear Palisade 30 degree, LONG length
April 30, 6:40pm

Re: Who makes the best pole tips?
My anecdotal evidence is that the Leki pole tips have worn the best, but, as always....YMMV.

In GEAR » Who makes the best pole tips?
April 24, 2:15pm

Re: Re: Trekking poles up hill adjustment
I don't adjust mine either. Going downhill I sometimes put my hands on top of the grips and going uphill sometimes I drop my hand in the strap and grasp the pole below the grip. I started usi...

In Philosophy & Technique » Trekking poles up hill adjustment
April 24, 9:49am

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