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Richard Lyon (richardglyon) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Bridger Mountains
About Me I backback most frequently in the Rockies, and most often take three-day trips. Over the past fifteen years I've served as a Forest Service volunteer in Wyoming and Montana, doing trail maintenance. As I get older I'm always looking for ways to lighten my pack load but I'm far from ultralight. I especially like base camp trips, with day hikes from a fixed camp.
CityBozeman
StateMontana
CountryUSA

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All Forum Posts by Richard Lyon

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Eider backpacking gear
Nunatak used to offer eider, though I always thought it might be a joke. $125/ounce surcharge, so a 40 F quilt would cost about $900 and a basic Skaha sweater $1100. In Tom's words "Perfec...

In GEAR » Revelation vs Revelation Pro
April 27, 6:10am

Hilleberg Unna
Stephen is correct - a bargain price for a great tent. Go for it someone.

In Gear Swap » FS: Hilleberg Unna, green
April 20, 9:26am

Car camping tents
I agree with Elliot that a low price may mean a cheaply made and poorly performing tent. I saw a couple of LL Bean car camping tents at an OR Show and was impressed. Fine company that stands behind...

In GEAR » Would you buy this tent?
April 02, 3:53pm

Couples Quilt
The only setups I've found satisfactory are a Western Mountaineering Aspen with Summer Coupler, good in summer and shoulder seasons, and a double Nunatak Back Country Blanket (BCB) arrangement,...

In GEAR » two person ultralight quilts
March 31, 9:03pm

More thoughts on tents
If at all possible do a few trial runs before making your tent purchase. See what each of you values - space, bug netting, vestibule, and so forth. See how much time you spend in the shelter. If it...

In GEAR » Starting to go UL, looking at tents
March 12, 10:58am

Terrific jacket
It really is - somebody go for it.

In Gear Swap » Like new Large 2014 Montbell Frost Line Parka
March 09, 4:20pm

Steak
Often I'll pack a frozen steak or kebab for dinner the first night. If it's steak I prefer it rare.Great way to celebrate being in the backcountry! David is right - airtight repackaging rea...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Taking fresh meats on hikes - how long does it last?
March 09, 7:52am

Casey
Doug, I lost my 12+ year old Great Pyrenees (also a rescue) last fall and the house still seems empty so I know how you're feeling. My sister reminded me of a picture in which the lost pet s...

In Chaff » Trip report - John P. Saylor Trail, PA, and a bit of memory lane
March 06, 7:22am

Hiking clothes in everyday life
I do wear my rain shell or down jacket as appropriate over office clothes, whether casual or a suit, rather than a trench coat or topcoat. But I'm most comfortable in cotton, which has limited ...

In GEAR » Using hiking clothes in everyday life.
February 26, 4:06pm

Denali Llama
Sent you an email Richard

In Gear Swap » FS: Alpacka Denali Llama, Carbon Werner Shuna, Sweet Protection Strutter
February 10, 10:00pm

All Reader Reviews by Richard Lyon

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Introduction to Packrafting September 2009
A great way to spend three days, and a great course. Four instructors for eight students (difficult to improve on that ratio), all of them knowledgeable, friendly, and good at instructing. Great scen...

In 2 - BACKPACKING LIGHT WILDERNESS TREKKING SCHOOL
December 10, 9:45am

Nunatak Alpinist
I don't doubt what the other reviewers have said, and I'd be upset at not getting what I expected after paying custom prices. My experience has been just the opposite, however. I have sever...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
April 13, 8:30am

Feathered Friends Customer Service
FF's customer service has been exemplary. I've bought two bags and a down jacket over the years (and sale stuff for others) and the telephone reps have gone out of their way to help. Most rece...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
November 07, 3:55pm

Mountain Gear
My only problems with Mountain Gear are website-related. I've had gear shipped to the wrong address and once or twice been unable to complete an order online. But it's easy to get a live (and ...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
November 07, 3:45pm

Exped Downmat 7
Drawbacks - You need to inflate it with its bellows, and (1) the bellows will slip off the port for inflation very easily; (2) it's tough to close the port after inflating without losing some infl...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
October 04, 9:37pm

Patagonia
Everything I've ever purchased from Patagonia has been high quality and functional, and I've been buying for years and years. On the few occasions when I've had a question or a problem, Cu...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
July 31, 9:22am

Backcountry.com
Backcountry.com shows how customer service should be in the Internet era. A human being is easy to reach on orders and comes back with informed answers on technical questions. Free shipping on orders ...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
March 31, 12:19pm

Rainy Pass (Gear Repair)
I have used Rainy Pass for repairs (torn mesh, zippers) and customization (adding windows to tents. Each time I have received knowledgable advice and an accurate (and reasonable) quote from a telephon...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
March 31, 12:12pm

Wild Things Gear Customer Service
I don't doubt Joan's report - bad things occasionally happen even with great companies - but I'm surprised because my experience has been just the opposite. Latest experience is a good exa...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
March 24, 1:57pm

SteepandCheap.Com SteepandCheap.Com
If you find something you need or just have to have the prices can't be beat. I recently skied with someone who works for backcountry.com (owns SAC) who said that its prices are lower than what an...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
March 21, 1:44pm