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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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13 day winter weight
Back from the mountains. I ended up having a 25# pack and a 50# sled. 13 days(~26#) of food, 1 gallon of fuel, carried in the sled. Sled weighs a good 5# maybe. Old mountainsmith pulk style sle...

In Gear Lists » Winter Kit- Let me know what you think
December 27, 3:35pm

Re: 1 oz pillow
This one That is the type that I had a chamber go out on me 2 or 3 days into a 12 day trip. While ...

In Gear Lists » Winter Kit- Let me know what you think
November 22, 9:01am

gear list for 2 week ski
David, See Profile for gear list... that is what I have for my gear list for the 12-14 day ski trip I am leaving for tomorrow, it is not entirely complete, and may change - I still pack a bit...

In Gear Lists » Winter Kit- Let me know what you think
November 21, 5:02pm

My wife says that reminds here of some stuff in the Dirty Devil in Utah. That traverse is out there for sure. I love following game trails, they often pick great routes through gnarly terrain, ...

In Philosophy & Technique » Finding game trails
November 21, 4:47pm

Soft shells
Almost any of the schoeller fabrics w/ a few exceptions meet that criteria. Also four out of six of the softshells on the Patagonia site are woven, not membrane type (the wind track and cold tack ...

In GEAR » Soft shells without a membrane?
November 19, 10:30am

Link to info on links
Although I can't seem to get it to work, here is a link to the page info - you'll have to copy and past it! - to some info.

In Chaff » how do you hyperlink text on this forum (or any for that matter)
November 18, 3:05pm

Re: Re: Re: Does gortex act as a vapor barrier...
>>"Yes, the WP/B layer may stay warm and dry, and transmit your body moisture to the next outer insulating layer - at the start. I have to ask what purpose the WP/B layer is now serving ...

In GEAR » Does gortex act as a vapor barrier...
November 18, 2:14pm

I don't use a bladder
In the winter I stay away from the bladders all together. My winter trips are typically 2-3 weeks long in the rockies, and I find that with that duration it is a loosing battle with bladders. I...

In Philosophy & Technique » Winter Hydration Ideas?
November 18, 12:00pm

Re: Re: Winter Kit- Let me know what you think
David, Have you looked at the Mont bell pillow (2.9 oz.)? It is still an inflatable, but built like a "self inflating" pad. May be an option. I haven't used one but am keen on che...

In Gear Lists » Winter Kit- Let me know what you think
November 17, 5:00pm

these are neat
I've used these before, not that brand, but a homebuilt one. They are really cool. We built fires with one all winter long at a program I worked at in the northeast using tree fungus. It cer...

In GEAR » Fire Pistons
November 16, 8:01pm

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