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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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I can take a few people from either Bozeman, where I live, or Missoula, which can be along the drive to the trailhead. Dave, I'm far more comfortable on tele skis than Nordic, but they'r...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » BPL Montana Winter Rendezvous
February 06, 8:38am

BCB (Back Country Beer)
Travis, I read Pat's website a couple of weeks ago. I commend his innovation but I think it will be impractical for any group fewer than four. Did you look at his video on producing carbonated ...

In GEAR » Beer Gear ;-)
February 01, 7:00pm

Winter solo tent
Hilleberg Unna. A winner in all seasons.

In GEAR » Your fav solo winter backpacking tent?
February 01, 4:57pm

Som packraft suggestions
Veronique, I second Travis's recommendation about the skirt. It's your best defense against cold and saves frequent bailing. Packrafts are extraordinarily buoyant but without a skirt it ...

In GEAR » Alapacka packraft for great lake use, recommendations?
January 29, 5:58pm

Mystery Ranch
I have owned a Mystery Ranch BDSB (now the Grizzly, I think) for many years, and before that I had a Dana Design Terraplane (bozeman made, before Dana sold out). These backs carry as well as any I&...

In GEAR » Looking for info on Mystery Ranch
January 13, 7:18am

Not replaced
In order of importance: 1. Like Tom, body parts. Good luck and ibuprofen have helped. 2. My two Bibler tents, each 15+ years old. Great tents, don't need replacing. 3. Western Mountain...

In GEAR » What haven't you replaced?
January 12, 7:07pm

Valandre Mirage
Evan, do check out Valandre. First rate bags. Richard

In GEAR » WM Ultralite vs. Nunatak Arc Alpinist
January 11, 7:44am

Arc Alpinist
I've been comfortable in mine with a down mat down to 10-15 F, in a tent. Mine has two ounces of overfill and a differential cut, and is slightly larger than an Arc Alpinist, more like an Arc A...

In GEAR » WM Ultralite vs. Nunatak Arc Alpinist
January 10, 6:46am

Great pack
I used an earlier version for 15+ years, took me that long to destroy it. Not ultralight but a great pack. Go for it somebody!

In Gear Swap » Dana Designs Terraplane for shipping cost only.
January 08, 9:45pm

One quilt for all conditions
Veronique, I agree with Chris that there is no one-size-fits-all-temperatures quilt. That said, a Nunatak Back Country Blanket is a remarkably versatile sleeping quilt. Like you, I am a cold ...

In GEAR » My first quilt - one quilt, all seasons, room to move
January 08, 7:47pm

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