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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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Twight's book
I love Twight's book. It was my first introduction to really shaving weight in my set ups and does wonders for working out super anal efficiencies like calories/hr. I have been using a mult...

In Gear Lists » Ultralight Winter Gear
November 15, 12:00pm

Re: Winter Kit- Let me know what you think
A few questions: How will you be traveling? snowshoe? Skis? foot? Is this list for travel in the mountains or on the plains? How much snow do you plan on encountering? I would think about a c...

In Gear Lists » Winter Kit- Let me know what you think
November 15, 11:50am

I usually bring a combo of 2 .5L lexan nalgenes, and a .7 or 1L stainless thermos (yup it's heavy). This gives me a 2L capacity during the day and hot water all day long. I find cold water in...

In GEAR » What do you use for your winter water holder/bottle?
November 11, 8:47pm

Re: Re: Re: Sat Phones vs EPIRBS etc
I agree with Douglas. Sat phones are effective for many purposes, however they have limitations with signal strength and quality based on sky cover and terrain. W/ a sat phone, there are addition...

In Editor's Roundtable » Personal Locator Beacons & Other Wireless Technologies for Backcountry Travel?
August 09, 12:57pm

First 2 lightweight courses of 2007 are back!
Hey all, I just got out of the field working one of the first two lightweight backpacking courses of the summer. The last two left for the mountains yesterday. This will be just a quick upda...

In Editor's Roundtable » Is National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Ready to Go Light?
August 06, 9:14pm

Losing the pounds
Well, I just got back from a 5 day NOLS Professional training course in the BIG HOLE Mtns. in Idaho. This course was not intended to be particularly light weight, but as an instructor team we stre...

In Editor's Roundtable » Is National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Ready to Go Light?
June 29, 11:23am

Bighorn fishing
The fishing in the bighorns is fantastic. Some of the best lake fishing around. You can expect to find fish in most of the alpine lakes I think. By best fishing do you want the most/easiest fish...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Bighorn Mountains Wyoming
June 29, 10:52am

Re: Totally switching the subject
Hi Anita, That's pretty much the way we do it on the lightweight courses, though with a smaller pot. There were mixed results on the training, but we were trying it in a live environment and ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Is National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Ready to Go Light?
May 31, 8:36am

Thanks Guys for the comments. Glad I could shed some light on what is happening at NOLS.

In Editor's Roundtable » Is National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Ready to Go Light?
April 28, 9:11pm

Re: Re: What about buy-in?
Thanks Brian. My support comment wasn't directed at anyone specifically. >>>"There is, however, a lot of lightweight gear that is very robust. No, Dyneema will never be as wea...

In Editor's Roundtable » Is National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Ready to Go Light?
April 16, 12:08pm

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