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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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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

Couple's bags
Good question, and I surely don't have the definitive answer except for (d) below, which is even more expensive than most couple's bags. Here is what I have tried: (a) Western Mountainee...

In GEAR » Mating Quilts
April 03, 8:22pm

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In Gear Swap » FS: Leica V Lux 1 Camera
March 23, 7:15am

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