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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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Exped Inflation
I am using the BA pumpsack and a short piece of PVC tubing that came with my Kookabay pad. I had to add a little foam tape to build up the outside diameter of the tubing, but it now works for both...

In GEAR » Anybody own the New Exped Synmat UL7?
May 24, 10:26am

Another happy Swift user
I have had mine for a little over a year and love it as well. The pockets are my favorite feature and I don't know how I got along so many years without them.

In GEAR » Pack Recommendation
May 23, 4:19pm

5 Nights
Assuming you are in very good shape and not prone to altitude sickness, it could be done in five nights as long as the first and last days are FULL hiking days and not partial travel days. However...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Wind River Range trip
May 23, 1:28pm

I have been on all of that route and either heading in from the north or south would put you out at Elkhardt meadows. You could go in at Elkhardt and move north or south as well. The south half i...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Wind River Range trip
May 23, 1:19pm

Chisos on it's way today!
I placed my order early this morning and should have it by Wednesday - just in time for a trip, although if it doesn't come until Thursday, I may delay the trip for a day so I can take it with ...

In GEAR » Katabatic Chisos-40 degree quilt...
May 23, 11:14am

Exped UL7
I only have a couple of nights on it in low 40's but it is a keeper. It feels warmer than R-3.1 to me. With a closed cell pad underneath it could be a nice combo for winter as well. I will h...

In GEAR » Anybody own the New Exped Synmat UL7?
May 23, 9:14am

I have a Sawatch and am looking at adding a Chisos with a 2oz overfill. After speaking with Aaron a number of times, I feel confident that this would work down into the twenties for me. I spent s...

In GEAR » What quilt ?
May 22, 4:59pm

H31 +1
I have the H31 and am a Steripen user. The clincher for me is the fact that when the CR123s won't light my Steripen, the voltage regulation in the H31 takes that "dead" battery and g...

In GEAR » Which Zebralight ?
May 20, 8:22am

Swift with air pad
I am using a SMD Swift with an air mattress. I also have a lengthy review up on the Sixmoons site about how it works for me. I have a down mat I have been using and an Exped UL7 that I plan on u...

In GEAR » Air pads with UL packs?
May 20, 8:20am

Daily Dip
I wash everyday, weather permitting, and it has to be some really nasty cold weather to keep me from jumping in. I have broken the ice on a couple of occasions to get in but conditions have to be ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Cleanliness on the trail
May 18, 2:05pm

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