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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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Down jacket fits
Having owned and liked MontBell Down Inner and EX Light Down sweaters, I'd say they run true to size (in my case, XL) though slightly short for my 37 inch sleeves. If buying now I'd defi...

In GEAR » questions for you down jacket gurus
June 08, 8:53pm

PM sent
I'm interested. Richard

In Gear Swap » FS: Patagonia Ultralight Down Hoody, Mens XL Fennel Green, Never Worn
June 04, 3:37pm

Car camping in Yellowstone
Gary is right - the greatest challenge will be finding lodging. All the front country camping areas are the toughest tickets in the Park. I'd stay in West Yellowstone (Sleepy Hollow is fun and ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Car camp/day hike in Yellowstone?
June 04, 7:28am

Valandre bag
Arthur - I have a Valandre Mirage that I'm considering selling. PM me if interested. Richard

In GEAR » Down sleeping bag needed
June 04, 7:18am

20 degree bags
Arthur - You're on the right track - FF, Western Mountaineering, Nunatak, and Valandre all make great down bags. My answers to your other questions: #3 Yes, a 20F bag should work in Europe t...

In GEAR » Down sleeping bag needed
June 04, 7:16am

Antarctica books
On the Shackleton Trans-Antarctic expedition: Endurance, by Alfred Lansing. Best synthesis of interviews of expedition members. Very good read. The Endurance, by Caroline Alexander. Superb at c...

In GEAR » Antarctica book suggestions
May 30, 8:32pm

PM sent
Richard - just sent a PM.

In Gear Swap » 30 degree/3 season top quilt! Need one ASAP!
May 28, 6:10pm

An easier way
Get a Jetboil and the Fry Pan attachment. A little olive oil, salt and pepper, maybe some lemon, mint or sorrel from the wetlands near the river. Doesn't get much better.

In Fishing » How to cook fish above 10K ft without fire?
May 27, 9:54pm

Tulle v mosquitoes
Dan, My Hilleberg Unna has a tulle insert (pictured in my review at http://www.BackpackGearTest.org/reviews/Shelters/Tents/Hilleberg%20Unna/Owner%20Review%20by%20Richard%20Lyon/) and I've fo...

In GEAR » How effective is Tulle against mosquitoes?
May 26, 3:21pm

Also - Backcountry.com is great on returns if you order the wrong size.

In GEAR » Question on Norrona Sizing?
May 20, 8:56pm

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