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Ryan Hutchins (ryan_hutchins) - BPL Professional 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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wind shirts
You may still notice some wind passing through, even w/ the best wind shirts. I agree though the warmth to weight value is pretty darn phenomenal.

In GEAR » Windshirt Philosophy
March 04, 4:38pm

trekking poles for tarp support
Look at the BD pole coupler, works well, light, doubles as a stake bag if you want.

In GEAR » best way to link trekking poles for tarp support- help
February 22, 5:44pm

Re: trowel use
>I have one of these. The tolerances are pretty tight. I think if the knife was used as a trowel it would quickly develop burrs and/or get gunked up to the point that it couldn't be inserted...

In Editor's Roundtable » 2008 LuxuryLite Big Survival Stik Walking Staff REVIEW
February 20, 5:20pm

knife as trowel?
Will the knife section of the staff function as a trowel? It looks like it would work well, any trials? I have the need to poo more often than defend myself from animals! ;)

In Editor's Roundtable » 2008 LuxuryLite Big Survival Stik Walking Staff REVIEW
February 20, 10:29am

Re: Re: Ti snow stakes
>> why not just use sticks below tree line? dig, run guy line under stick (perpendicular) bury, stomp, let set, tighten. In the am, just pull your guy cord, leave the stick and move on. Yes,...

In Editor's Roundtable » Make Your Own Gear: Titanium Snow Stakes
February 17, 4:52pm

Re: Re: Bushbuddy-compatible 1.1-1.3L pots
If your BB is rattling around, you could always pack some food around it to secure it a bit, and reduce your pack volume.

In GEAR » Bushbuddy-compatible cookpot
February 12, 6:57pm

Ti snow stakes
Well done. In Fabrication circles, I believe your bending jig is referred to as a sheet metal brake. FWIW. These would be great in alpine zones or on glaciers, why not just use sticks below tree ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Make Your Own Gear: Titanium Snow Stakes
February 09, 7:17pm

nothing
I'm w/ Benjamin on this. Don't use it, ever, no problems, even managed to get my self married to a pretty little lady.

In Philosophy & Technique » Deoderant choice?
February 02, 11:31am

Trail designs w/ trangia thoughts
Franco, I haven't used the two systems together, but have used both separately. From conversations with Russ at Trail Designs, the height of the pot bottom to the top of the trail designs sto...

In GEAR » Caldera Cone and Trangia
February 01, 6:05pm

winter camping no tent
Go for it. Dig yourself a dog house. Work harden a platform by stomping an area longer than you are tall and wider than your width, you'll figure out exact dimensions after making a few. The...

In Winter Hiking » Winter Camping - No Tent
January 31, 12:00pm

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

BackpackingLight.com
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
http://www.antigravitygear.com/proddetail.php?prod=ALCBCS 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