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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: Re: Re: Re: Need some clothing advice
I really like a soft shell pant to hike in when it is cool/cold or damp out. They dry plent fast when I get to camp and toss a WP breathable over them, and provide just enough insulation while hi...

In GEAR » Need some clothing advice
September 08, 1:05pm

enough TP to avoid contamination?
I always bury my rocks in my cathole, this way it is a simple "drag and drop" no excess handling, no random fecally compromised rock somewhere to be found by someone else. I am suprised at the res...

In Philosophy & Technique » Does a bear crap in the woods?
May 01, 3:40pm

Re: Re: Winter tent stakes
I disagree that deadman suck, where are you regionally? I have used them in the NE and west with great success. In snow from 6" - 6'. I will admit, in 6" of facets, I am really working hard to w...

In Winter Hiking » Winter tent stakes
April 15, 10:14pm

How do I sign up
you can apply online @ www.nols.edu or call the admissions office @ 1-800-710-NOLS, Thanks for your interest.

In Editor's Roundtable » NOLS Sees the Light
April 13, 10:37am

winter stakes
I have always used twigs or branches deadman style with great success, even in the driest snow. No extra weight, usually available (know where your headed) and with work hardening of the snow, eve...

In Winter Hiking » Winter tent stakes
April 01, 7:40pm

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

BackpackingLight.com
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
http://www.antigravitygear.com/proddetail.php?prod=ALCBCS 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