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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
CountryUSA

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All Forum Posts by Richard Lyon

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WM Aspen
I used one of these for twenty years. Great bag. Go for it somebody!

In Gear Swap » FS WM sleeping bag
December 23, 8:35am

Availability
March 21-24 range is good for me as it now stands. I might be able to drive someone from Bozeman, and flights to Bozeman tend to be less expensive than Missoula or Kalispell.

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » BPL Montana Winter Rendezvous
December 18, 7:17pm

Couple's bags
I've used two systems with varying degrees of success. For years I used a Western Mountaineering Summer Coupler with a WM semi-rec bag. OK to about freezing. Lately I have mated two Nunatak Bac...

In GEAR » double sleeping bag/quilt
December 10, 12:36pm

Pot slipping off
Diane, Get a Jetboil system. Designed to avoid that problem. And worth every extra ounce for its reliability, efficiency, and versatility. Richard

In GEAR » The New "Worlds lightest cannister stove"?
November 29, 8:01pm

Tinyurl
Sorry team, tinyurls from now on. Richard

In GEAR » Combining two down bags for warmth
November 29, 6:20am

Combining bags
I've done it, and in fact bought an overbag for that purpose, see http://www.backpackgeartest.org/reviews/Sleep%20Gear/Sleeping%20Bags/Feathered%20Friends%20Great%20Auk%20Sleeping%20Bag/Owner%2...

In GEAR » Combining two down bags for warmth
November 28, 6:12pm

gear for your girlfriend
I'd start at L L Bean. Great gear (often made for Bean's by very high-end manufacturers), reasonable prices, and shipping is included in the prices. I think they have a 10 or 155 off sale t...

In GEAR » I need your help picking out gear for my beloved girlfriend!
November 24, 10:48am

PM sent
Stephen, sent you a PM. Cheers, Richard

In Gear Swap » Wtd: used 30F Down sleeping bag
November 21, 4:43pm

How about Bozeman?
I moved here in March and I love it. Great fishing and hiking, and Yellowstone National Park about ninety minutes away. Cost of housing has dropped considerably in the past few years - though still...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Mountain town/city advice: Future move
November 21, 8:31am

Dorkiest sun hat
Mary's right - the dorkiest and the best. Richard

In GEAR » What hats do you use?
November 19, 8:00pm

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