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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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On a Westcomb eVent jacket. Richard

July 14, 5:04pm

Favorite luxury items
1.A book. Especially in summer when days are long here in the Northern Rockies. Something to do when it's still light and camp chores are done. 2. Reading glasses. Needed for item 1. 3. A...

In GEAR » Favorite luxury items?
July 07, 9:10pm

Packraft durability
Ike - Not much to add to Jon's comment other than to second his opinion. I have thoroughly abused my Denali Llama, particularly dragging it over rocks without a second thought, and I have yet t...

In Packrafting » Common repairs
June 24, 8:57pm

PM sent
Nathan - PM sent. Richard

In Gear Swap » WTB: Sleeping Bag/Quilt
June 20, 8:46pm

Keep Austin Weird
Jennifer, hiking and backpacking opportunities within a reasonable driving distance Austin are indeed limited. Will you return there after the JMT? Big Bend and Guadalupe Mountain NP in West Texas ...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Austin TX and environs...
June 16, 12:34am

Jetboil French Press
Mark - I've used mine for years without a problem, at least in making very strong coffee. It is messy, as is any French press, and sometimes when I'm careless the oatmeal I hydrate immediat...

In GEAR » how to cut coffee weight
June 10, 6:47am

Sport Wash
I believe Atsko Sport Wash also sells under the Penguin brand - same stuff, and very good stuff.

In GEAR » Soap for washing DWR and technical wear
June 06, 8:57pm

Alpacka raft for sale
He's right - great price. The Yak's too small for me, and I really only need one raft, or I'd have grabbed it. Go for it, somebody.

In Gear Swap » FS 2007 Yukon Yak Aplacka Packraft - $625
June 05, 9:43pm

SW Montana hiking
Josh, Two good general books are Falcon Guides: Bill Schneider's Hiking Montana and Bill Cunningham's Wild Montana. Each has a section on the Darby/Missoula area. Richard

In Pre-Trip Planning » Hiking in Montana in the beginning of July
June 05, 7:36am

RIP Hysson
Mary, I'll be thinking of you and your loss. I still recall each canine companion who's now gone - first with regret but later with thanks for the unconditional love I received for many yea...

In Chaff » RIP, Hysson
May 31, 8:06am

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