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Ryan Hutchins (ryan_hutchins) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Somewhere out there
About Me I've been hiking since I could walk and grew up in NH hiking in the white mountains. For 15 years I have been working in Outdoor Education, and for the last 10 years I have been an Instructor for NOLS - the National Outdoor Leadership School. I am currently helping to develop the lightweight program at the school.
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All Forum Posts by Ryan Hutchins

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great article
Nicely done Mr.C! For folks asking where is this or where is that, I took the calorie list as a general illustration of what SOME foods have in them. I agree nuts are hugely calorically dense, ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Food Planning Using Pounds Per Person Per Day
March 02, 2:43pm

apples and oranges
It's interesting to me that this is getting a recommended rating in comparison to tents. I've had the opportunity to set up this shelter (prototype echo1) and while I agree with some of th...

In Editor's Roundtable » Hyperlite Mountain Gear Echo Ultralight Modular Shelter System Review
January 11, 8:36pm

Winds to Abs.
I would start in Lander, WY. I'll give you and your friends a ride to Bruce's bridge just outside of town. You can fly into Riverton, take a shuttle to Lander for $40 (round trip)get anyt...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Where to go in Montana/Wyoming?
December 04, 11:43am

Re: day bow bag
David, that's a good question, I haven't seen one in person yet. It has a roll top closure, so to a certain extent one could just keep rolling it tighter I think? I'll see if I can f...

In Packrafting » Packraft Day+ bow bag
November 11, 9:37pm

The Galiuros or Saguaro N.P. both have routes that are within the range of what you are looking for. Galiuros will be less busy than the park, which also = less well maintained trails (if you want...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Tucson
November 08, 1:20pm

PR bow bag
Greg, the bag is not a functional pack. And you are correct, that limits it's functionality, a lot. Still, a lot of people do day trips w/ their packrafts, and while you can strap a drybag ...

In Packrafting » Packraft Day+ bow bag
November 05, 1:59pm

Packraft Day+ bow bag
A buddy of mine just had some dry bags built to attach directly to the bow of an Alpacka (any size) raft, reducing tie downs, straps and entrapment issues. The bag is designed for float trips rath...

In Packrafting » Packraft Day+ bow bag
November 05, 11:45am

jam 2
the jam 2 will do fine with 30 pounds, though you will be about at its carrying capacity. I have regularly carried 25-35 pounds and have never had a blow out of any kind. 25-30 is a comfortable c...

In GEAR » Jam 2 Durability
May 26, 5:10pm

I agree, no need for an expensive pack liner, just use a trash compactor bag. I've been doing this for over ten years and my stuff never gets wet.

In Philosophy & Technique » Liner: trash compactor bag vs. official liner
May 26, 5:07pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Read about the latest NOLS instructor lightweight seminar
Thanks Chris, It's great to hear an outside perspective of the NOLS Lightweight program. I'd like to respond to your thoughts here, just to clarify some things, I by no means want this ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Is National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Ready to Go Light?
February 10, 2:32pm

All Reader Reviews by Ryan Hutchins

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Lighten Up! by Don Ladigin
This is the first resource I hand folks when teaching about lightweight backpacking skills. It provides insights and entertainment, while allowing space to make decisions, which I believe to be integ...

In Books and Media
October 03, 1:17pm
I just got off the phone W/ Karen from BPL Customer service. She was really helpful in helping me out w/ a leaky torso-lite. She was quick to return my initial call (even though I missed her return ...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
May 21, 11:25am

Bozeman Mountain Works Torsolite Pad
I have about 4 weeks of camping with this pad under my back at night. It is pretty comfortable. I like the 1" thickness and the small packed size. Having said that, I'm a pretty big fella ...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
February 20, 5:32pm

Petzl e+LITE
Overall I like the E-Lite as a versatile headlamp. The small size and weight are awesome. I agree the switch could be better, but I like that it basically locks when off so it can't be turned on ...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
November 11, 8:19pm

GoLite Hut 1
I have used the GoLite Hut 1 on a number of trips now both short and extended. The longest was a twelve day trip this summer. I encountered heavy rain for 11 out of twelve days of that trip. The ...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
November 11, 7:52pm

Montrail Hardrock
I just picked up a pair of hardrocks for a 12 day trip into the Absoroka mountains of Wyoming. The trip was short notice so I had zero miles on these shoes prior to heading out. The shoes held up w...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
August 05, 8:50pm

Antigravity Gear .4 oz pepsi style alcohol stove I used this stove briefly - over 5 days in the Idaho back country during the summer. the stove is incredibly light and simple to use. I f...

In Stoves - Alcohol
June 29, 11:36am

Mont Bell
I returned a VERY old pair of MontBell gore-tex rainpant to the store in Boulder while living there. The Gore-tex was delaminating. I had cut all the tags out of the pants and they were seriously ha...

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

GU Energy Gel
I really like GU (flavor dependant of course)! I have used it on mountaineering routes and backcountry skiing as well as road biking. I have found that it can work for sustained energy if you keep...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
April 12, 1:09pm

Petzl Tikka
I have used a number of tikka headlamps since they came out, from the original to the plus. They work well and are, in my opinion, the new classic, much as the behemouth old school petzl headlamps we...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
April 12, 12:56pm