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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.
CityBozeman
StateMontana
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All Forum Posts by Richard Lyon

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On overmitts and maybe rain shell. Richard

In Gear Swap » I want your old heavy winter gear
March 06, 9:28pm

MontBell ThunderDome
Jennifer, It's not ultralight, but the MontBell ThunderDome 2 meets all your other criteria. I reviewed this tent for BackpackGearTest.org, see http://tinyurl.com/948g6v7 for a detailed r...

In GEAR » SMD lunar duo for my hippy dad??
March 06, 8:19am

Pad length
For years I've used a short pad, primarily for less bulk, not less weight. Then last summer and fall I tested the BA Q Core, then available only in regular length. It spoiled me, really keeping...

In GEAR » For those of you who love short pads...
March 04, 3:30pm

External frame packs
One of my backpacking pals takes his 4 x 5 camera set up on some trips and has designed an external frame pack to store the various pieces. Quite ingenious. I'd say ready access to various pock...

In GEAR » External Frame Packs?
February 25, 7:36am

Freeze-dried ice cream
Steve, keep us posted. Every one of these I have tried is, after adding water, a gooey mess that tastes something like milk and pure sugar, two flavors I detest, and nothing like ice cream. Richard

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Freeze-dried ice cream
February 25, 7:29am

Westcomb
Max - Occasionally for sale at departmentofgoods.com [backcountry.com's outlet} and as someone noted sometimes deeply discounted at smaller online shops. Google "westcomb" and some of...

In GEAR » Should I be carrying more Dead Birds?
February 21, 2:24pm

Hot drinks
Keep it simple: Bourbon and hot apple juice or cider Brandy and coffee. If you like extra flavor, brandy-based liqueurs live B & B, Frambois, or Strega work well too. Vodka or schnapp...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Ultralight Cocktails
February 20, 7:54am

More suggestions
Anything from Mystery Ranch will suit. MR is owned by Dana Gleason, whose original Dana Design packs are praised above. Expensive though, and many old Dana Design packs can be found on eBay. I'...

In GEAR » Pack: durable hauler recommendations
February 20, 7:43am

Politics of national parks
A national park cannot be created by the President alone, it requires an Act of Congress signed by the President. That is why very few have been added since our only two genuinely pro-environmental...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » New National Park: Pinnacles
February 13, 10:18am

Hilleberg tents
Jennifer, Now that Hilleberg offers mesh inners for some models (as an extra, still more dollars), its tents are great year-round. They are heavy by BPL standards but the durability and size jus...

In GEAR » Hilleberg Tent thread
February 10, 7:48am

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...

In 2 - BACKPACKING LIGHT WILDERNESS TREKKING SCHOOL
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

Patagonia
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

Backcountry.com
Backcountry.com 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 backcountry.com (owns SAC) who said that its prices are lower than what an...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
March 21, 1:44pm