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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.
CityBozeman
StateMontana
CountryUSA

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All Forum Posts by Richard Lyon

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Very restless side sleeper
I'm a veteran tosser and turner, and claustrophobic as well. Mummies give me fits. Quilts were the answer for me except in winter. The past two winters I've been experimenting with a Nunata...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Question for fellow side sleepers
February 03, 7:26am

MontBell U L Down Jacket
Josh, I tested the UL (parka version), the EX Light, and Plasma 1000 for BackpackGearTest. All are good but the UL is by far the most versatile. The others are midlayers only, while the UL can serv...

In GEAR » Montbell UL Down Jacket
January 29, 8:31am

Nother vote for Sierra Trading Post
STP gets plenty of very high end brands (Patagonia, Mountain Hardwear) that are "last year's model" or color. Always has wool base layers and sweaters.

In GEAR » reasonably priced wool clothing?
January 23, 6:09am

Tarptent Hogback
Matt, check out my and two other reviews of the Hogback at http://tinyurl.com/lxyfb4w In general, good shelter for two adults, one child, and a small dog. Great tent.

In GEAR » TT Hogback or similar
January 08, 7:34pm

MontBell EX Light fabric
MontBell had trouble with the fabric on the original Ex Light, introduced winter 2008-09, and changed the following year. Mine was pre-change and I found the fabric fairly comfortable but very down...

In GEAR » quick question about MB ex light
January 03, 2:16pm

WM bag repair
I've had excellent results with both WM (many years ago, to be sure) and Rainy Pass. Definitely use the phone with WM.

In GEAR » Western Mountaineering--need a repair to a bag
December 30, 8:12am

Slough Creek
Slough used to have at least one resident bison herd, but hasn't for several years. Park Service party line is that several wolf packs have "persuaded" the bison to summer elsewhere. ...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Yellowstone trip with an emphasis on wildlife?
December 28, 3:46pm

Wildlife in Yellowstone
Spring (April-May) in the Lamar Valley is terrific for wildlife that's on the move from the valleys to the high country. Keep us posted on plans. I live driving distance from Yellowstone and so...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Yellowstone trip with an emphasis on wildlife?
December 28, 7:39am

Cheap hiking clothes XL
PM sent as well

In Gear Swap » WTB - Cheap XL Hiking Clothes for Friend
December 19, 2:17pm

Western trip
Vince, there are several wonderful loop hikes in Yellowstone and Grand Teton NPs and the nearby Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Area. Accessible from Bozeman, Jackson, or Idaho Falls airports. Great ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Western Backpacking Suggestions
December 11, 7:28am

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...

In 2 - BACKPACKING LIGHT WILDERNESS TREKKING SCHOOL
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

Patagonia
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
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