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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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Bindings and boots
Velimir, To answer one of your questions,the difference between the Voile bindings you identify (and among all comparable three-pin bindings) is in fact the cable, which helps only on steeper de...

In Winter Hiking » Backcountry touring ski upgrade
September 08, 8:48pm

Ski boots
Velimir, Skis: The wider the ski the better it will handle powder. But wider skis are more unwieldy for touring. If you're climbing primarily for turns (as I often do) any good backcountry s...

In Winter Hiking » Backcountry touring ski upgrade
September 05, 8:14am

Down jacket/sweater
Matthew, I have owned three on your short list, the two MontBells and the Patagonia. I give very high marks to the MontBell UL Down Parka and Patagonia Down Hoody as excellent midlayers that can...

In GEAR » Down jackets. Help me finally choose.
September 02, 1:55pm

Nunatak Skaha Plus
I got mine several years ago, in Epic, and haven't lost a feather. Great garment. I have a few Nunatak quilts in lighter fabrics that leak a bit, but nothing to worry about. I'd conta...

In GEAR » Nunatak Skaha Plus???
August 29, 8:30pm

Great photos
Megan, Keep posting your photos. These are great! Richard

In Photography » Small, Lightweight, DO EVERYTHING including time-lapse and astrophotography, camera.
July 27, 8:18pm

You're right - too many
After donating a few to the Forest Service or giving to my niece's family, I still own - WM Sequoia Feathered Friends Great Auk Nunatak Arc Ghost Nunatak Arc Alpinist Two Nunatak Back Co...

In GEAR » How many sleeping bags do you own?
July 10, 9:21am

Fish in the backcountry
Jerry, you're right. Fish tastes much better roasted in foil or pan-fried. Both of these can be done with a canister stove - usually allowed in fire-interdicted areas - with a Jetboil Fry Pan o...

In GEAR » How to cook fish without a fire: steaming or grilling with Sidewinder setup?
June 16, 9:47pm

Post-hike cleanup
Try the hostel in Jackson Hole - http://www.thehostel.us Or motels between the Winds and Jackson. Hostels are not as common in the US as in Europe or South America. Jackson Hole, the nearest ai...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Cheap motel or hostel or place with a shower (campground) near the Wind River Range (preferably Pinedal area)?
June 14, 8:40pm

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In Gear Swap » FS - women's Ibex 260 zip tee
June 12, 2:36pm

APA Roundup
Is this an annual event? I'll be in Ireland on business this July 11, but if it's done regularly I definitely will put it on my calendar. Richard

In Packrafting » APA Packraft Roundup, July 11-13
June 10, 7:30am

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