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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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Sleep systems
To start I'd recommend a Western Mountaineering Alder for her and a 25-30 F quilt for you. Get a Summer Coupler from Western Mountaineering and you've got a great summer system for two, or ...

In GEAR » Sleeping Bag vs Bags - and temps for a multi-bag system in SouthEast US?
April 30, 3:17pm

Quilt ratings
Virginia, I'm a very cold sleeper and usually rate my sleeping bags at 15 F degrees above their stated limit. The only exception is Nunatak, whose ratings I've found to be accurate. One adv...

In GEAR » Quilt Temps Accurate for Women?
April 29, 7:40am

Hilleberg in winter
Susan, As a very satisfied Unna owner I agree with the earlier comments on Hilleberg tents to a point. If all zippers are closed there will be significant condensation fro body heat at any temp...

In Philosophy & Technique » Shoulder/Winter tent advice
April 16, 8:53pm

MontBell jackets
Josh - Consider MontBell's Alpine Light or Frost Smoke. My Frostline (a men's-only product and boxy) has been a lifesaver this brutal winter in the Northern Rockies, and I have experience w...

In GEAR » parka for my wife
April 16, 8:04am

Fikkes flyrod trekking poles
I tried one of these out at an Outdoor Retailer demo day, and it cast very well. The only thing I'd worry about is damaging the rod if I accidentally leaned too hard on the pole.

In Fishing » Fikkes Fishing/Trekking Poles.
April 14, 7:55am

Quilt size
It depends on your sleeping habits and temperament, and the temperatures at which you'll be using the quilt. Width: I'm 6-4, broad-shouldered, and mildly claustrophobic. The only complai...

In GEAR » Sizing for someone new to quilts
April 11, 11:00am

Texas hiking
Another vote for Guadalupe NP, though it's closer to car camping than true backpacking because of a shortage of water. A decent overnight is Lost Maples State Park in the Hill Country. You'...

In Philosophy & Technique » Wild Camping in the US - advice for an Englishman, please!
April 10, 8:23am

Packrafting tips
Luke, Please accept this free advice from a packrafting novice who began when he lived in Texas. These are numbered in accordance with your questions. 1. Go bigger rather than smaller, and d...

In Packrafting » Packrafting Question
March 22, 5:05pm

Packrafting in Yellowstone
Update - The bill passed the House and is on its way to the Senate. American Whitewater, which originally asked Rep. Lummis to propose the bill, has withdrawn its support. The following quotation f...

In Packrafting » Packraft Relate Bill in US Senate
March 20, 3:26pm

Western Mountaineering
Sorry, Peter, I disagree with you on this one. One reason WM has been able to maintain its very high standards over many years is that it does NOT make everything over for the current flavor of the...

In GEAR » How useful is waterproof down in a sleeping bag?
March 17, 9:19pm

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