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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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30-32 F sleeping bag
Shahar, I have a Valandre Mirage, about five years old, good condition, Pertex Quantum fabric, short side zip, bought on this forum a few years back and used lightly since as I've switched to q...

In Gear Swap » WTB: 30-32 Degrees Sleeping bag
June 28, 8:07am

Grizzlies in the Bob
I've seen several - all from a great distance, thank goodness - and seen signs, such as scat, tree markings, and tracks, uncomfortably close to camp. About all I can recommend beyond standard ...

In Post-Trip Reports » Bob Marshall Wilderness Open – Eccentric But Not Insane
June 26, 8:34pm

Mystery Ranch
Can't attest to the Sweet Pea, but I currently own three Mystery Ranch packs (BDSB, Mountain Monkey, Broomstick) and all have been great in their respective niches. I've beta tested packs f...

In GEAR » mystery ranch sweetpea?
June 25, 8:06pm

Jetboil French Press
I agree that it makes the best backcountry coffee ever, and its only downside is the mess that goes with every French press. I'm aware of the recent thread on Jetboil service, but that company ...

In GEAR » Jetboil Coffee Press
June 25, 5:43pm

Two quilts and a bag to recommend
Nunatak Arc Ghost (mine is slightly modified to improve it for a side sleeper) and Back Country Blanket, both reviewed at BackpackGearTest.org. Valandre Mirage, rated to 25 F. A bit more room an...

In GEAR » Side sleeper in need of a sleeping bag or quilt suggestions
June 21, 10:00am

Anne, you may already know this, but Alpacka has a swap forum too. You might check that. Richard

In Gear Swap » WTB: Alpacka Scout and/or collapsible kayak paddle
June 21, 9:52am

Sunday Afternoons
Another enthusiastic vote for the SA Adventure Hat, which (as did Ray) I reviewed for BackpackGearTest.org. See http://tinyurl.com/77jeobc for some action photos. Richard

In GEAR » Sun hat
June 21, 9:48am

Valandre Mirage
Tommy, I have a Valandre Mirage that fits your requirements. Someone else has expressed interest but PM me if you are interested and I'll follow up with you if the present prospect declines. ...

In Gear Swap » WTB: 20-30 degree bag
June 15, 9:11am

Black Canyon and Bechler River
Consider the Black Canyon of the Yellowstone, a 19-mile (from Hellroaring) point-to-point hike in Yellowstone NP, or the Bechler River Trail in YNP, 30 miles point-to-point. Both have spectacular ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Where to take 20 year old daughter?
June 15, 9:09am

The winter seasonal bars - gingerbread and peppermint stick - are my favorites. Or were, until the Panforte appeared. Best-tasting Clif bar ever. I bought a box. I'm hoping that this is a marke...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Clif Bar Panforte Review
June 14, 7:35am

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

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