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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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Freeze-dried ice cream
Steve, keep us posted. Every one of these I have tried is, after adding water, a gooey mess that tastes something like milk and pure sugar, two flavors I detest, and nothing like ice cream. Richard

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Freeze-dried ice cream
February 25, 7:29am

Max - Occasionally for sale at ['s outlet} and as someone noted sometimes deeply discounted at smaller online shops. Google "westcomb" and some of...

In GEAR » Should I be carrying more Dead Birds?
February 21, 2:24pm

Hot drinks
Keep it simple: Bourbon and hot apple juice or cider Brandy and coffee. If you like extra flavor, brandy-based liqueurs live B & B, Frambois, or Strega work well too. Vodka or schnapp...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Ultralight Cocktails
February 20, 7:54am

More suggestions
Anything from Mystery Ranch will suit. MR is owned by Dana Gleason, whose original Dana Design packs are praised above. Expensive though, and many old Dana Design packs can be found on eBay. I'...

In GEAR » Pack: durable hauler recommendations
February 20, 7:43am

Politics of national parks
A national park cannot be created by the President alone, it requires an Act of Congress signed by the President. That is why very few have been added since our only two genuinely pro-environmental...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » New National Park: Pinnacles
February 13, 10:18am

Hilleberg tents
Jennifer, Now that Hilleberg offers mesh inners for some models (as an extra, still more dollars), its tents are great year-round. They are heavy by BPL standards but the durability and size jus...

In GEAR » Hilleberg Tent thread
February 10, 7:48am

Boating in Yellowstone
"If the "designated areas" interpretation is that rigid, maybe we'll see the upper Yellowstone, Lamar, Snake, Heart, and Bechler opened up. (Effectively to packrafting only.)&quo...

In Editor's Roundtable » Yellowstone River Packrafting
February 06, 4:30pm

Yellowstone packrafting
Anyone wishing to learn to packraft ought to consider the BPL course. Great fun as well as informative, and the river really is as beautiful as Ryan's photos indicate. When I took the course wi...

In Editor's Roundtable » Yellowstone River Packrafting
February 06, 10:25am

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

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