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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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For sleeping I wear a BPL merino hoody and, if it's cold enough, a hat. Usually that hat is an old cashmere watch cap (reviewed on but below 0 F I may use a Nunatak Down B...

In GEAR » Best down hat/hood?
October 21, 9:22am

$17 trillion deficit
Simple answer of who's to blame. In alphabetical order, the Democrats and the Republicans. I repeat my earlier remark - I wish there were some way to throw them all out.

In Chaff » $17,000,000,000,000.00 and counting
October 20, 10:09pm

Email sent
Max - email sent on the stakes and the blanket. Cheers, Richard

In Gear Swap » FS: Down Planket, Down Pillow, Ti Stakes, Bike Shorts, VBL Socks, Shell Mittens, Hammock Tarp, And More
October 19, 8:02am

The $17 trillion deficit
Let's give credit where credit is due. When Clinton left office in 2001 we had balanced budgets. What happened after that? In increasing order of contributing to our national debt: 1. War in...

In Chaff » $17,000,000,000,000.00 and counting
October 18, 8:01pm

also interested
If Sam doesn't want them

In Gear Swap » PIF: Sorel Caribou size 13 boots
October 12, 1:19pm

Thomas Sowell
One of Sowell's books is this month's selection for my book club. Imagine 600 pages of comparable drivel.

In Chaff » Speechless (not really)
October 10, 1:43pm

sleeping clothes
I use a merino hoody with a second layer if temperatures warrant. If it's much below freezing I'll add a watch cap too.

In GEAR » Sleeping clothes
October 09, 10:18am

Another email sent
Email posted. Richard

In Gear Swap » Want To Borrow: 2-3 p UL Winter Tent and/or -40DB Trail Runner Overboots size 13
October 05, 9:08pm

Age of backpackers
I think David states it correctly. Folks in their 30s, 40s, and 50s are tied down in too many places. When I was with an organization that organized one-week backcountry service trips we studied wh...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Is backpacking only for the young!
October 02, 2:42pm

Alpaca helmet liner
Alpacas of Montana had an open house and sale yesterday, and I purchased an alpaca helmet liner with gaiter at a nice discount - but still much more than anything fleece or merino. Stay tuned throu...

In GEAR » Merino Sheeps Wool vs Alpaca Fiber--the show down, dun dun duh.
September 29, 7:57pm

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