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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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All Forum Posts by John Vance

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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

Re: Re: Any updated suggestions? +1 Wild Things
I have a pair of the earlier WT Nextec epic pants - 5.5oz for size med - and really like them but wear shorts 95% of the time. I use them in camp, sleep in them, and occasionally start the mornin...

In GEAR » No-frills, sub 10oz summer backpacking pants?
April 20, 10:23am

Re: Re: Re: Definitive answers to MYOG Permethrin
Yes, I tried to back off the concentration levels and it appears that the sensitivity isn't to the permethrin, it's the other ingredients in the mix and most likely the solvents.

In GEAR » Definitive answers to MYOG Permethrin
April 20, 10:12am

Re: Definitive answers to MYOG Permethrin
I used the same product you have used and the same methods, except I doubled the solution. It was very effective, however, I did develop a rash on my wrists and ankles where skin was in direct con...

In GEAR » Definitive answers to MYOG Permethrin
April 20, 9:23am

Re: Re: Re: Re: Fastpacking
I too was surprised by the distances for "running" as I would have expected them to outpace long distance backpacking daily rates. I don't run with my pack but 20 to 30 miles a day i...

In SuperUltraLight (SUL) Backpacking Discussion » All You Need to Know About Fastpacking
April 18, 11:21pm

Re: Re: Is it even possible to stay dry in a rain forest? Should I just give up?
When I lived in the Seattle area I spent a lot of time on the peninsula. A double walled tent was the only way I could deal with it but I had no problems with a down bag once I got used to the dam...

In GEAR » Is it even possible to stay dry in a rain forest? Should I just give up?
April 16, 12:01pm

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