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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.
CityBozeman
StateMontana
CountryUSA

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All Forum Posts by Richard Lyon

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Nikwax on eVent
Here's what I do with Atsko Sport Wash and Water Guard, the best re-waterproofing combination I've found. Wash the garment in Sport Wash, air dry or use dryer on extra low, hang upside down...

In GEAR » Can I use Nikwax wash-in DWR treatment as a spray if I dilute it?
October 12, 8:22pm

Cold toes
Jennifer, Two additions to your winter kit that might solve your problem: (1) plastic bags as recommended, for early mornings in camp and hiking, (2) down booties as your camp shoes. Some down boot...

In GEAR » Icy feet
October 10, 8:38pm

Jackson area
Bryce, Mary's suggestions are good ones - Paintbrush and Death Canyons are easily accessible and allow some wonderful vistas of the "Hole," the valley between the Tetons and Gros V...

In Pre-Trip Planning » In Jackson, Wyoming 10/13 & 10/14, day hike suggestions?
October 10, 8:10am

At the Bat
Doug - Insightful and highly amusing. Terrific! Richard

In Chaff » Infield fly rule...
October 07, 5:20pm

Infield fly
The only thing the ump did wrong was call it late. If it's a routine play for an infielder (and there are runners on first and second and less than two out) the infield fly rule applies. And th...

In Chaff » Infield fly rule...
October 07, 5:19pm

Terrific pictures
Thanks for sharing! Richard

In Post-Trip Reports » WY: Yellowstone, Grand Teton and the Wind River Range
October 05, 9:32am

REI and its prices
Michael W is quite right. Unless REI increased ALL its prices ahead of the sale (which it did not do), the increase on the product Sumi wanted is simply bad luck. Grab a bargain when you can. In mo...

In Gear Deals » REI 20% sale starts today - but an unfortunate discovery about any perceived savings at REI Outlet
October 05, 9:29am

The right bag for you
If you regularly toss and turn, get a looser fitting bag and you'll stay warmer. If you are claustrophobic, avoid mummy bags or other bags that shroud your head. A small bit of dead air space a...

In GEAR » Sleeping bag warmth vs. fit
October 01, 9:07pm

merino washing
At home, I wash merino as I do other wool items - Atsko Sport Wash, cold water, delicate cycle, front-loading washer, air dry. In the field, if I have time it gets washed with Dr Bronner (one or tw...

In GEAR » merino washing (at home/outdoors/travelling)
September 28, 8:41am

Another Hogback vote
The Hogback will work for two adults plus an eight-year old for sleeping, and it's a palace for two, and not much more than four pounds. If the budget allows at some point you might also consid...

In GEAR » Luxurious ultralight tents for two; price per oz
September 28, 8:36am

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...

In 2 - BACKPACKING LIGHT WILDERNESS TREKKING SCHOOL
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

Patagonia
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

Backcountry.com
Backcountry.com 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 backcountry.com (owns SAC) who said that its prices are lower than what an...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
March 21, 1:44pm