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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: $36+?
Mine came as well and paid $30+. Nice pack but a bit small for me for serious use as the torso length is pretty small. With the load lifters fully engaged it comes closer but I may cut the should...

In GEAR » 35L Ultralight Pack for $30 - First Impressions
September 08, 10:42am

Re: Re: First Solo JMT SOBO at age 64
Congratulations! I am about 10 years your junior but have certainly enjoyed the reduction in calories needed and the ability to eat the same thing over and over again with no problem. I am fine o...

In Post-Trip Reports » First Solo JMT SOBO at age 64
September 06, 6:12pm

Re: Summer night temps
Just got back from a late "summer" trip and nights ranged from 35f down to 9f over the course of ten days. This was in the Winds mostly sleeping over 11,000 feet. Typically my trips occ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What ARE "summer nighttime temps" where you backpack?
September 06, 1:30pm

Re: Re: That 40-20F sliver?
I stay in shorts unless it's particularly windy and/or wet in which case I may pull on wind pants. My top would be long sleeve base layer and perhaps a wind shirt. This is while I am on the m...

In GEAR » That 40-20F sliver?
August 26, 9:45am

Re: Re: Re: I don't think bugs will be an issue
Sorry, I leave a week from tomorrow hence the longer term look. If you take the CDT you can make it more interesting by staying on the Freemont trail as the Highline can be a bit mundane. You can...

In Pre-Trip Planning » current Wind River Range conditions?
August 21, 8:17pm

Re: I don't think bugs will be an issue
I would much rather deal with snow than bugs. Timing will be everything, but the longer range forecast shows a warming and drying trend.

In Pre-Trip Planning » current Wind River Range conditions?
August 21, 4:10pm

Re: Winds bug news
I am hoping for a good hard freeze in the next week or so...may be wishful thinking. Still not sure if I will be in the north end or south end and may not decide until I am coming up on Big Piney.

In Pre-Trip Planning » Wind River Range in August
August 20, 9:49pm

Re: Pad?
I have found that the combination of wide pad with reg width quilt or wide quilt with reg pad width pad works wonders for warmth and draft control. I am 5'9" 170lbs athletic build and hav...

In GEAR » Another Quilt Discussion
August 19, 10:16pm

Re: Wind river range clothing opinions needed for late august early sept
What you are planning sounds good but the forecast may change and you may need more or less. I am in the Winds every fall for 7-14 days and have been lulled into complacency with mild weather for ...

In Gear Lists » Wind river range clothing opinions needed for late august early sept
August 19, 6:04pm

Re: Re: Exped Med UL7 Downmat New $170
Bump....any offers?

In Gear Swap » Exped Med UL7 Downmat New $170
August 19, 8:24am

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