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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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Mosquitoes in YNP
I agree with the others on mosquitoes in the Park. A problem until late August at the earliest. You might also want to bring a headset if you plan to fish. Which you should, as that's salmon fl...

In GEAR » Tent advice: Yellowstone mosquitos in early July?
May 27, 2:22pm

Flies for backcountry fishing
Megan, I've only fished a couple of times in the California backcountry, but my limited experience was similar to what has been the general rule in the Rockies. Thanks to the altitude the ic...

In Fishing » Fishing in Northern California
May 21, 7:28am

Osprey Hornet
Megan - sent you an email. Cheers, Richard

In Gear Swap » WTB - Osprey Hornet 46 or Talon 44
May 17, 11:00am

Norwegian company
Maybe Bergans of Norway? If so, very high quality stuff.

In GEAR » Tall and Slim Softshell Hiking Pants
April 25, 7:47pm

Westcomb tends toward an athletic cut and at one time sold pants with either a regular or medium rise. I have a pair several years old and really like them. Fit me fine but though I'm tall I...

In GEAR » Tall and Slim Softshell Hiking Pants
April 25, 6:57am

Arc Expedition - great deal
Doug is right - that's a terrific price for the Arc Ex.

In GEAR » Colder weather - quilt v bag for side sleeper?
April 17, 7:15am

Nunatak in colder weather
Until this past winter I did as Pete did - if the temperature was forecast below 15 F I switched to my WM Sequoia. This past winter I've been experimenting with a Nunatak hybrid Arc Alpinist-Ar...

In GEAR » Colder weather - quilt v bag for side sleeper?
April 16, 11:19am

Quilt or bag for winter
Lachlan, I'm 6-4, broad-shouldered, tossing-and-turning side sleeper, and have faced the same choices as you. I ruled out the Alpinlite as too constraining, besides I'm mildly claustroph...

In GEAR » Colder weather - quilt v bag for side sleeper?
April 13, 4:45pm

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In Gear Swap » WTB: Mens Backpacking/Hiking Pants
April 08, 9:58am

Anyone regret a thru hike?
Jennifer, I think you should do the PCT, then move out west. If you don't have a problem with finding a new job (and I agree that as a PT you don't) what's a summer out of your life?...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Anyone ever regret a thru hike??
April 07, 8:49pm

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