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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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Jetboil Helios
Haven't had a problem with Helios performance. Generally about 3-4 minutes to boil 1 to 1.5 liters at 20 F, though I generally don't time it exactly. Only one I've tried that's comp...

In GEAR » Jetboil Helios... extremely slow?
December 01, 7:33am

Tent for Patagonia
Take the one that will better handle high and constant wind. I don't know the SMD tent you mention, but a Warmlite is an excellent choice.

In GEAR » tent for Patagonia
November 19, 2:31pm

Cold lower back
With a 22-inch torso the back of my base layer rides up all the time. Best base layer shirts I've found with extra length come from Ibex. When it's cold I do wear a longer outer layer to ke...

In Winter Hiking » Cold lower back: how did you solve the issue of clothes riding up?
November 19, 9:19am

From years of use I believe that using a downmat adds 10-15 F degrees to a sleeping bag. The only synthetic I've tried that's close is a Big Agnes Q Core, which I tested for BackpackGearTes...

In GEAR » CDT Sleep System Debate!
November 17, 7:48am

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In Gear Swap » FS: Montbell, Granite Gear, Patagonia, etc Priced to go!!
November 07, 7:11am

Mark and Jennifer, I'm interested if it can be scheduled before or after an upcoming trip to Dallas, likely mid-December. Keep me in the loop please. I visited Guadalupe NP about five yea...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Guadalupes in December?
November 01, 7:43am

Ticks in the cold
My vet says freezing kills ticks - no need for medicine for my dog after regular freezes.

In GEAR » Gear to protect against THE most deadly backcountry beastie...
October 25, 11:54am

Cooking trout
I agree that frying or the foil method produces a tastier fish. Foil maybe a bit better for keeping the fish moist inside but as Ike says it's a mess to pack out the fishy foil. And a bear attr...

In Fishing » Cooking Trout
October 25, 11:52am

Seam sealing
I know that Stephenson's also charges extra for seam sealing, and Bibler didn't do it when it was independent. I simply assumed that it wasn't practical to do it and that the manufactur...

In GEAR » Why Doesn't Tarptent Seam Seal Their Tents?
October 24, 1:20pm

Brava, Amy!
Thanks for a terrific report and the photos, foliage photos especially. I grew up in the Northeast and still find the New England fall one of the world's wonders. Richard

In Post-Trip Reports » Vermont's Long Trail
October 23, 7:36am

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