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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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Re: touring
Bicycles can cover huge distances and sooner or later, if you really enjoy seeing the world, you will find yourself in a country where you cannot speak the language and that is a situation in which...

In Other Activities » BICYCLE TOURING
August 12, 1:21pm

Skirt vs Pants
Those same yobs would probably buy you a pint if you wore a traditional kilt and sporran.

In GEAR » skirt vs. pants
August 10, 2:00pm

Bicycle Touring This forum has a discussion on touring and one of the threads is called How light can you go? The answer seems to be very light indeed. One guy reckons 21 l...

In Other Activities » BICYCLE TOURING
August 10, 1:42pm

Golite Lair 1 versus Cave 1
Never tried the Lair but I like the Cave. I can confirm that it is a swine to pitch, particularly at dusk, when the black guys are difficult to see let alone work with. Altering the position of o...

In GEAR » Golite Lair 1 versus Cave 1
August 10, 1:28pm

Avg. miles hiked
I don't know the TRT, but 17 miles a day plus 4000 feet of ascent works for long trips.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Avg. miles hiked?
July 26, 6:35am

Choosing a Campsite
Scrutinising a good map before the trip has several benefits. It helps build map memory and brings confidence to navigation in trackless areas because the features you encounter while walking were...

In Philosophy & Technique » Choosing a Campsite
July 24, 12:21pm

So What is Ultralight?
Maybe I'll keep this popular thread going on my own! Perhaps poundage isn't the best way to define ultralight. The thing which struck me when first reading Ray's book was attention to detail. ...

In Philosophy & Technique » So just what is ultralight these days?
July 24, 12:06pm

Anti-Lightweight prejudice
Heavy can be dangerous. When heavy, fresh snow kept a group of us off the mountains, we went for a short walk along a bouldery beach. Only one person slipped. He had just returned from a mountai...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Anti-Lightweight prejudice?
July 18, 6:46am

Akto inner breathability
Condensation is always given as the Akto's Achilles heel. It happens but has only once been a problem in the years I've used mine. I always sleep with the mesh panel in the inner door uncovered...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Looking for light solo tent: your help needed
July 17, 11:31am

How do trekking poles work?
Interesting replies. Walking is really complicated. It's amazing we find it so easy. Poles help me a lot on uphills but they are also very helpful on tussocky, level stretches. Without them, ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » How do trekking poles work?
July 17, 11:10am

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