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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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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

Alpacka swap shop
Michael, Did you check the Swap Shop Forum on Alpacka's website?

In Gear Swap » WTB Alpacka Alpaca
May 30, 7:21am

PM sent
Katarina, PM sent on ##7, 9, and 10. Richard

In Gear Deals » Selling my stock of hand knitted beanies
May 29, 4:29pm

Bear Spray
Take it. However unlikely it is that you'll see a bear, if you do (1) you'll wish you had it and (2) the consequences might be disastrous. Worth a few ounces. And yes, I've backpacked i...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Bear Spray in The Winds?
May 28, 9:04pm

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