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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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Chest Pack
Check this site out. I have one and it works pretty well. I use it for downhill skiing under my jacket as I had the fanny pack often catching on the lift and got tired of hearing, "hey dude,...

In Make Your Own Gear » Load bearing vest/ chest rig?
April 05, 9:30pm

Alone and content
When hiking alone, I too enjoyed singing out loud, making up lyrics to favorite tunes. Not only did it help pass the time, I found that it kept me from hiking too fast. I also enjoyed just standi...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Hiking alone - how to amuse yourself?
April 05, 8:32pm

Over the past 35 years or so I have spent many months in the Winds and interestingly enough the only place I got off track and a bit lost on a CDT hike. They are my favorite place to go with Pata...

In Fishing » Wind River Range in July
April 05, 4:34pm

I can only base this on my personal experience with the quilts you have mentioned. Katabatic - Very well made and thought out quilt that literally wraps around you. For me I have found the temp...

In GEAR » Which Quilt?
April 05, 3:04pm

Re: Winds
As an added bonus you may be in for a great show of wildflowers depending on how the melt goes. Have you figured out where you will be going in at?

In Fishing » Wind River Range in July
April 05, 2:55pm

New Stuff
I have got to stop checking "Gear Deals." Even though I have 4 other windshirts, I am in for a Gecko Green. Hopefully it isn't the old "Day Glow" green as some sites seem t...

In Gear Deals » Patigonia Houdini at Shoebuy today only $ 81.25
April 05, 8:44am

+1 & +2
Great camera at a great price. I too am contemplating the move from the LX3 to the LX5.

In Gear Swap » FS: Panasonic Lumix LX3
April 04, 11:39am

I think more of a factor on weight is where you hike and what time of year.

In Philosophy & Technique » SUL handicapping system for Safety concerns
April 01, 9:44am

All week
I've noticed this all week.

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » Question for our MODERATORS
March 30, 12:44pm

Very Cool
Now I want another custom inner made for this mode. Very cool, and just may buy another SL3 and modify it for full time use this way.

In Make Your Own Gear » Shangri La 3 mods: Adding grossgrain/webbing guy-out loops to a felled seam?
March 30, 8:51am

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