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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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Re: Re: Hiker Falls 200 Feet After Bee Attack" in AZ
I just had a run in with a swarm in Tucson, and did some research. Lightweight bee hoods: Sting shield also provides a lot of info and maps describing r...

In Chaff » "Hiker Falls 200 Feet After Bee Attack" in AZ
May 21, 9:52am

Re: NOLS spice kit
Roger, that looks just like what we bring at NOLS for about 2 weeks (then we get a resupply). The rations departments have started using real small ziplock type bags to reduce some weight. On ligh...

In Editor's Roundtable » Podcast: NOLS and the 40 Pound Initiative
May 17, 10:13am

NOLS 40 pound initiative.
Nope, no offense - as I said it was funny and I see the truth to it. Just want folks to know we are taking this process seriously. For the last four years, it has been a big focus of my job at NO...

In Editor's Roundtable » Podcast: NOLS and the 40 Pound Initiative
May 16, 3:40pm

Re: Re: Podcast: NOLS and the 40 Pound Initiative
Originally posted by Aaron Sorensen "The bad thing is that they insist that you do a certain weight. I would (literally) have to bring the kitchen sink to make there weight." Taking ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Podcast: NOLS and the 40 Pound Initiative
May 16, 2:42pm

"Official don't change the subject on reply thread"
I concur!

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » Official don't change the subject on reply thread
May 02, 4:00pm

Wild Things will also do custom work for you if you need it. There are some quick and easy ways to attach a shovel on these packs w/ a little tinkering. I use an andinista and have modded it sli...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » Wildthings Icesac Users?
April 08, 5:04pm

the big fellas
I've used this quilt quite a bit, in both the Med. size and Large. For bigger folks, the Large is the way to go, better coverage, less constrictive and less compression of down while sleeping....

In Editor's Roundtable » GoLite Ultra Quilt Review
April 07, 10:05am

too many
I'd guess 10 off the top of my head w/ my own stuff. At work, I'd guess 80!

In GEAR » How Many People Can You Outfit?
March 07, 3:00pm

Re: Suggestions
"Just wondering if you might be able to give some suggestions for improvements. It so happens that the forum software is deeply embedded at the moment, and will probably remain as it is for a ...

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » Forum package
March 05, 5:09pm

Re: Re: Why people gotta hate on the UL crowd?
>Originally posted by jcolten< "I probably shouldn't jump in on this, especially just a few hours before I drop off the net for a week but no matter how hard I bite my tongue, somet...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Why people gotta hate on the UL crowd?
March 05, 1:31pm

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