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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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Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Ryan, 8000 mile pack;4lbs
Shawn, you make some good points. The 40# initiative came from the branch level (and from the pushes that you speak of from Instructors). I think there IS a large amount of disconnect above t...

In Editor's Roundtable » Is National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Ready to Go Light?
April 12, 2:06pm

great techniques
I am also in the every thing inside club, though Benjamins tent technique makes a lot of sense! The only thing I can add to the great techniques above is that in the winter, I will put my snack...

In Philosophy & Technique » How do you pack?
April 12, 12:42pm

Re: Re: Re: Ryan, 8000 mile pack;4lbs
Shane, We are looking into this exact idea. Again to clarify, on the lightweight course which is 14 days and a bit over $3k, the students DO buy all that gear and then some. A standard 30 da...

In Editor's Roundtable » Is National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Ready to Go Light?
April 12, 12:22pm

Re: Re: NOLS frybake
Sarah, please remember that we are talking about two things here- the lightweight courses which are already happening (and don't bring a frybake) and standard NOLS hiking courses where cooking ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Is National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Ready to Go Light?
April 12, 11:53am

Re: Re: Re: Re: Shawn, NOLS gear?
Thanks for clarifying the kitchen weight Shawn. I don't think we have met, but I appreciate your insights. To update this a bit more, cook groups are four person in general. We are looking ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Is National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Ready to Go Light?
April 12, 11:48am

Re: Re: Re: Shawn, NOLS gear?
Hi Roger, To clarify, the what if items are: 1 (rather extensive) first aid kit/ Instructor. We usually hike in small groups and meet up at camp, this allows each group to travel w/ a WFR/WEMT tr...

In Editor's Roundtable » Is National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Ready to Go Light?
April 12, 11:38am

mine
Mine is the sign at the top of Aspen Highlands ski area right before you go out of bounds. A buddy of mine Patrols there and explained that the managemnet wanted a sign that was clear and concise....

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Your Avatar
April 11, 11:24pm

Re: Nols going lite?
Everitt, Not sure how many years ago that was, but I am happy to say that things have changed a lot since then. We are pulling sleds and carrying way lighter packs, have plastic tele boots and sh...

In Editor's Roundtable » Is National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Ready to Go Light?
April 11, 11:09pm

Re: Re: Nols
Hey Don! It was good to see you at the Film fest. In the last two days I have given clinics to two courses on going lighter. One was to an Instructor Course which will be training new instruct...

In Editor's Roundtable » Is National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Ready to Go Light?
April 11, 10:23pm

Re: Ryan, 8000 mile pack;4lbs
Thanks Brett, I will check out this pack some more. A few years back we field tested a lot of prototype custom GG packs with mixed success re: durability. I myself found them to be very comforta...

In Editor's Roundtable » Is National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Ready to Go Light?
April 11, 10:18pm

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

BackpackingLight.com
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
http://www.antigravitygear.com/proddetail.php?prod=ALCBCS 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