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John Davis (JNDavis) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Isle of Man
About Me Pre-Goretex backpacking mainly took in Snowdonia. Visits to the English Lake District started while attending Lancaster University, as did my first backpacking trips to Scotland. A Munro obsession grew, then ended on completion in 1986. No, I never told the record-keepers. Completion was followed immediately by trips to New Zealand, totalling 11 months, and to the Pyrenees. I have also backpacked in the Alps, Iceland, the Philippines, Zion NP and Ireland.
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Backpacking Scotland - Dealing With the Wet and Cold (Photo Essay & Gear List)
Scottish winters feature a lot of transition temperatures and that means walking on ice and hard snow early in the day then sinking through later on (but without that sharp crust I encountered in G...

In GEAR » Backpacking Scotland - Dealing With the Wet and Cold (Photo Essay & Gear List)
January 19, 10:50am

Backpacking Scotland - Dealing With the Wet and Cold (Photo Essay & Gear List)
Yipee! At last BackpackingLight.com does real backpacking. The intro mentions the main point - humidity. The air is damp so ascent means sweat - up to the point of nappy rash if you don't keep...

In GEAR » Backpacking Scotland - Dealing With the Wet and Cold (Photo Essay & Gear List)
January 18, 1:31pm

best layering system for prolonged cold/wet weather
On a recent, exposed 25 mile walk, when rain "fell" horizontally for most of the day but occasionally turned to hail, I used an Odlo thermal vest under a Stretch Equilibrium zipped midlayer. Over ...

In GEAR » best layering system for prolonged cold/wet weather
September 29, 11:56am

How do you UL ?
How do you UL? Not like this! Taking a small, light planisphere to Scotland in summer was a bit of a mistake as I never managed to be awake during hours of darkness with well over 16 hours of sun...

In Gear Lists » How do you UL ?
September 29, 10:33am

Ultralight in Ultra-Foul Conditions?
Hmmm, I seem to be the only person enjoying this thread, but walking through the storm has some sort of appeal - don't want to speculate what - so here goes for another post. We know what ultral...

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight in Ultra-Foul Conditions?
September 06, 1:09pm

Getting water in a 1L Platypus
My 1.5 litre SIGG bottle is hard to fill from shallow streams or from peaty drips so I collect water in my pot/mess tin/mug first. This lets me check it for twigs/stonefly larvae etc before adding...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Getting water in a 1L Platypus
September 06, 12:50pm

Ultralight in Ultra-Foul Conditions?
Tarps can be very comfortable in foul weather. Mine has beaks. I use one to block off the windward end and pitch the other end of the tarp high, with the beak horizontal, so that I can sit and dr...

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight in Ultra-Foul Conditions?
August 31, 8:19am

Pertex Dynasty Slipping Away or Just Regrouping?
I'm sad to hear that people are losing their jobs and hope they find something else quickly. From a selfish point of view, I hope the technology will continue to be available as my Berghaus Extr...

In Editor's Roundtable » Pertex Dynasty Slipping Away or Just Regrouping?
August 31, 8:03am

Re: Redundancy of wind shells?
Some good points here, Alan. I tried running in a Golite Wisp during light drizzle and was soaked. In humid climates a windproof should not be completely windproof! Breathability is more impor...

In Editor's Roundtable » Wind Shirts
August 20, 2:09pm

Ultralight Hammock Camping
Found it! Page 98 of my edition - Harsh Environments. Can't agree. If there is one thing the UK doesn't have, it's a harsh climate. Any bad weather gets on to the national news. One inch of sn...

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Hammock Camping
August 20, 1:50am

All Reader Reviews by John Davis

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Integral Designs eVENT Rain Jacket
My rating is for eVent as I've not tried the jacket. I'm just shocked to see Ryan opting for XL and can't help wondering what size I would need. My Montane Air medium is fairly tight. This is at od...

In Clothing - Raingear
October 24, 1:32pm

Golite Jam
And a strong 3 from me too. The Jam has been my main pack for approx 18 months. It is close to needing replacement. The foam pad has developed folds as a result of careful use. It is hard to repla...

In Backpacks - Frameless
September 01, 12:06pm