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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.

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All Forum Posts by Richard Lyon

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Illegal campfires
### At some stage it ceases to be 'clueless' and becomes 'criminal'. ### It's criminal whether the offender is clueless or not. As I noted earlier a fine will ordinarily clue...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Did you have an illegal campfire this weekend or recently?
September 10, 8:25am

Illegal campfires
A truly serious problem when the fire danger is High or Extreme, really anytime. In my long experience in the Northern Rockies, often working with the Forest Service or Park Service, I think the il...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Did you have an illegal campfire this weekend or recently?
September 07, 7:04pm

Saivo for car camping
Doug, The Saivo is a beast but I agree with the prior post that you and a full-size camp chair would be a very tight fit. Probably work with one of the smaller beach-type chairs. I have an old B...

In GEAR » Hilleberg Tent thread
August 21, 3:54pm

Bozeman flies
I recommend Rivers Edge in Bozeman and Dan Bailey's in Livingston if you are passing through either of those towns.

In Fishing » Yellowstone Area Fly Shops
August 20, 11:23am

Yellowstone at short notice
David's suggestions are all good; I especially like the Bechler route, which is probably dry enough to do now. Call the backcountry office at 307-344-2160. They can help you with campsite avail...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Need some Yellowstone help
August 20, 8:19am

Warmlite v. Hilleberg
I think in the PNW you would be much better off with a Hilleberg for three-season use. The Warmlite is a great - and remarkably lightweight - tent but I've had condensation issues even in the d...

In GEAR » 2-person tent suggestions for PNW alpine conditions
August 16, 7:24am

Yellowstone Flies
David, If you're entering the Park from Gardiner, your best bet is Richard Parks [Parks' Fly Shop, I think] in that town. If you're going in through West Yellowstone, Craig Matthews ...

In Fishing » Yellowstone Area Fly Shops
August 08, 11:36am

Teton Crest in September
K K, the answer to your question is "yes" - weather could be any of your three alternatives. Or all on the same hike. Most like shoulder season weather, the best time of year for the trip...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Teton Crest Trail
July 24, 6:43am

Cooking fish
Megan, Small trout are very easy with a Jetboil system including fry pan using your second method, which is really simple sauteing. Any frying pan will work but the Jetboil Fry Pan has a heat ex...

In Fishing » Cooking fish with UL Pot and UL Stove - Sadly no fires.
July 22, 8:34am

September in Montana
Craig, To answer your question, you might consider the Bechler, Thorofare, or Gallatin Crest regions in Yellowstone Park [actually in Wyoming/Idaho but we Montanans treat it as part of our state...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Montana Backpacking Trip Planning- Questions
July 15, 8:10pm

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...

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

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 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 (owns SAC) who said that its prices are lower than what an...

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