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Ryan Hutchins (ryan_hutchins) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Somewhere out there
About Me I've been hiking since I could walk and grew up in NH hiking in the white mountains. For 15 years I have been working in Outdoor Education, and for the last 10 years I have been an Instructor for NOLS - the National Outdoor Leadership School. I am currently helping to develop the lightweight program at the school.
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All Forum Posts by Ryan Hutchins

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Re: Re: Read about the latest NOLS instructor lightweight seminar
Chris can you expand on your argument? It would be hard for anyone to compare NOLS and BPL without having taken a course with both, and since I haven't I can only rely on information from ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Is National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Ready to Go Light?
February 09, 9:00pm

Re: Re: Read about the latest NOLS instructor lightweight seminar
Greg, Base weight and skin out weights are calculated differently. And at NOLS we are focusing on base weights of 8-12 pounds. Obviously this does not include consumables or clothing worn. Typ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Is National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Ready to Go Light?
February 09, 8:16pm

Read about the latest NOLS instructor lightweight seminar Great Seminar with awesome folks. NOLS continues to lead the industry in lightweight backpacking skills educati...

In Editor's Roundtable » Is National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Ready to Go Light?
February 09, 4:09pm

2 LW courses in the field
UPDATE We ran 2 LW courses this summer out of the Rocky Mountain location, NOLS Southwest has 2 more lightweight courses running right now, woohoo! Running another instructor seminar first week o...

In Editor's Roundtable » Is National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Ready to Go Light?
January 14, 12:17pm

Re: SPOT 2
"Someday I'm going to take a trip with just my headlamp, map & compass and some Micropur tablets." I leave the compass behind most of the time too. Based solely on the 1st...

In GEAR » SPOT reliability
November 03, 4:33pm

MMMV -yup!
>frequent measurable precip and soils that retain moisture. It's another classic YMMV question/answer.< Clearly a YMMV issue. I guess I ask b/c I have camped all over the country and ...

In GEAR » Why use sil-nylon on the bottom of a bivy?
October 31, 2:01pm

Why use sil-nylon on the bottom of a bivy?
I've built a few bivys in the past out of various materials, from full WB coated materials to 3 layer sympatex. Last year I whipped together a drawcord bivy out of 1.1 oz uncoated ripstop for ...

In GEAR » Why use sil-nylon on the bottom of a bivy?
October 31, 12:50pm

well done Mike. "I want to share this with friends, so I'll get on the phone and pester them to join me, and they'll tell me how wonderful it sounds." I think this is the be...

In Editor's Roundtable » One Night At A Time
October 10, 10:28pm

I like that there are ideas being shared to MYOG. Will I run out and replace my MontBell trowel with a sheet of titanium and a hammer to build my own? Probably not right away, but it is nice for ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Make Your Own Gear - A Titanium Potty Trowel
October 04, 11:01pm

soaking wet feet
I simply bring some big plastic bags for my feet in camp. I am always drying a pair of socks (on my body) that I can put on then the bags over those and the wet shoes over the bags. I then dry bo...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » soaking wet feet
July 28, 12:39pm

All Reader Reviews by Ryan Hutchins

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Lighten Up! by Don Ladigin
This is the first resource I hand folks when teaching about lightweight backpacking skills. It provides insights and entertainment, while allowing space to make decisions, which I believe to be integ...

In Books and Media
October 03, 1:17pm
I just got off the phone W/ Karen from BPL Customer service. She was really helpful in helping me out w/ a leaky torso-lite. She was quick to return my initial call (even though I missed her return ...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
May 21, 11:25am

Bozeman Mountain Works Torsolite Pad
I have about 4 weeks of camping with this pad under my back at night. It is pretty comfortable. I like the 1" thickness and the small packed size. Having said that, I'm a pretty big fella ...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
February 20, 5:32pm

Petzl e+LITE
Overall I like the E-Lite as a versatile headlamp. The small size and weight are awesome. I agree the switch could be better, but I like that it basically locks when off so it can't be turned on ...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
November 11, 8:19pm

GoLite Hut 1
I have used the GoLite Hut 1 on a number of trips now both short and extended. The longest was a twelve day trip this summer. I encountered heavy rain for 11 out of twelve days of that trip. The ...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
November 11, 7:52pm

Montrail Hardrock
I just picked up a pair of hardrocks for a 12 day trip into the Absoroka mountains of Wyoming. The trip was short notice so I had zero miles on these shoes prior to heading out. The shoes held up w...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
August 05, 8:50pm

Antigravity Gear .4 oz pepsi style alcohol stove I used this stove briefly - over 5 days in the Idaho back country during the summer. the stove is incredibly light and simple to use. I f...

In Stoves - Alcohol
June 29, 11:36am

Mont Bell
I returned a VERY old pair of MontBell gore-tex rainpant to the store in Boulder while living there. The Gore-tex was delaminating. I had cut all the tags out of the pants and they were seriously ha...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
April 12, 1:19pm

GU Energy Gel
I really like GU (flavor dependant of course)! I have used it on mountaineering routes and backcountry skiing as well as road biking. I have found that it can work for sustained energy if you keep...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
April 12, 1:09pm

Petzl Tikka
I have used a number of tikka headlamps since they came out, from the original to the plus. They work well and are, in my opinion, the new classic, much as the behemouth old school petzl headlamps we...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
April 12, 12:56pm