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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: Nols
There are other lightweight course providers around. BPL even offers courses. I am not sure if those programs have the infrastructure that NOLS has in place, and thus the potential reach. We w...

In Editor's Roundtable » Is National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Ready to Go Light?
April 11, 9:16pm

Re: Institutional Lightweight Backpacking, NOLS or otherwise
Jason, You express the challenges very well. Feel free to contact me to talk about what we are doing that might work for you too. I would love to hear about the successes that you have had in go...

In Editor's Roundtable » Is National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Ready to Go Light?
April 11, 9:00pm

Re: It's a religion
Peter, I have to ask, are you being "far more questioning/accepting/inclusive" by using the above labels? We are a founding partner in Leave No Trace (LNT) ethics, and I think you woul...

In Editor's Roundtable » Is National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Ready to Go Light?
April 11, 8:58pm

Re: Shawn, NOLS gear?
There are a lot of issue. 1) quantity of reccommended gear - yes we need to take less. 2)bomb proofness (and thus heavy) - yup that exists too. We need backpacks that will hold up to a minimum o...

In Editor's Roundtable » Is National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Ready to Go Light?
April 11, 8:50pm

NOLS instructor speaks
Glad to see the discussion getting fired up here. I was the lead instructor of this seminar, and want to start by saying it was a great success in that everyone (NOLS/BPL/GoLite) all learned alot....

In Editor's Roundtable » Is National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Ready to Go Light?
April 11, 8:42pm

Re: Why Backpacking?
Yeah, it's too bad that he left on such sad terms, I wonder what he currently thinks of the school and the way it is being run. It's hard being the Instructor in the field and not always s...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Why Backpacking?
March 20, 3:41pm

Why I do it.
Not my original thoughts (and I didn't go to Harvard), but sums up why I back pack a bunch. Directed more towards why I've chosen to work in the outdoors I guess, but it also touches on ma...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Why Backpacking?
March 19, 1:40pm

Re: Re: Another sled
Were the poles mounted rigidly to the sled or was the coupling flexible? We use Automotive heater hose at the sled/pole connection, which works well. It allows some flex for terrain and hip movem...

In Winter Hiking » Pulk Sled
March 07, 3:04pm

Softshell & Windshirt
I wear both in the winter. A superlight windshirt over a polypro for skinning and travel, then the softshell goes on over that for the descent, and sometimes over a light puff layer if it is reall...

In GEAR » Wind Shirt vs. Softshell
March 01, 1:44pm

Another sled
Just another version: this is the old Mountain smith style, slightly modified for better tracking and manuverability. The crossed poles help alot in steering, there are also aluminum runners on...

In Winter Hiking » Pulk Sled
March 01, 12:57pm

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
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 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