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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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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

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

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