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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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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

Winter trip
I very much regret that I must withdraw. I have a business matter that I thought would be resolved by now that will require constant attention - mostly waiting - over the weekend. This is an import...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » BPL Montana Winter Rendezvous
March 20, 10:34pm

Wind resistance
## My friend used a CS 2 while we were in Patagonia last year and talk about some serious wind! It held up just fine as long as she staked it out and used the guylines. ## If it stood up to that...

In GEAR » Recommendations for a 2 person light "palace " tent? Imogene ul3? Jack Rabbit SL3? Quarter Dome T2+?
March 11, 10:11am

Two-person bag
Unless you're limiting use of a Back Country Blanket to 50+ F, I don't think it will work for two adults. Mine is narrow for me - I'm 6'4" - and works as a top quilt for two on...

In Gear Swap » WTB: Nunatak Back Country Blanket / other 2 person quilt
March 11, 7:55am

Trip to the opera
Hope your seats aren't too close to the stage. The heroine of La Boheme dies of TB, which can be contagious. Maybe a face mask is in order? On a more serious note, I can't think of a bet...

In GEAR » Help me find the right gear!!
March 10, 8:10am

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On overmitts and maybe rain shell. Richard

In Gear Swap » I want your old heavy winter gear
March 06, 9:28pm

MontBell ThunderDome
Jennifer, It's not ultralight, but the MontBell ThunderDome 2 meets all your other criteria. I reviewed this tent for, see for a detailed r...

In GEAR » SMD lunar duo for my hippy dad??
March 06, 8:19am

Pad length
For years I've used a short pad, primarily for less bulk, not less weight. Then last summer and fall I tested the BA Q Core, then available only in regular length. It spoiled me, really keeping...

In GEAR » For those of you who love short pads...
March 04, 3:30pm

External frame packs
One of my backpacking pals takes his 4 x 5 camera set up on some trips and has designed an external frame pack to store the various pieces. Quite ingenious. I'd say ready access to various pock...

In GEAR » External Frame Packs?
February 25, 7:36am

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