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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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APA Roundup
Is this an annual event? I'll be in Ireland on business this July 11, but if it's done regularly I definitely will put it on my calendar. Richard

In Packrafting » APA Packraft Roundup, July 11-13
June 10, 7:30am

MontBell sizing
Robert - I would recommend an XXL if you choose MontBell. Richard

In GEAR » Looking for a down jacket for my 6'4" 240# son
June 01, 7:38pm

Down jacket
Robert, take a look at MontBell's line. I'm 6'4 200 lb 36.5 in sleeves and its down jackets are long enough for me in the arms. Some come in XXL as well.

In GEAR » Looking for a down jacket for my 6'4" 240# son
June 01, 9:43am

Tent recommendations
Like Rodney when planning on two sharing a tent I usually go for a three-man tent, even if my tentmate is my girlfriend. I'm 6-4 and claustrophobic and I like a bit more room even if it means m...

In GEAR » Need to choose 2 tents for different circumstances. Please lend me a hand?
May 26, 8:15am

Western Mountaineering discount
WM does sell through retail outlets, such as Whole Earth Provision Co. Not sure how one would find those dealers' discounts though.

In GEAR » New Western Mountaineering Bag
May 21, 9:35pm

Summer sleep system
Location: Northern Rockies (Montana/Wyoming) Temp range: 25-45 F Pad: Neoair or BA Q-Core Bag: Nunatak Back Country Blanket. I have two, a standard and an extra-long overstuffed one. The f...

In GEAR » What's your Summer Sleep System?
May 20, 8:11pm

PM sent
Edward - sent you a PM. Richard

In Gear Swap » Want to rent or buy: Packraft
May 19, 1:36pm

L L Bean sale
L L Bean is offering 20% off tents, sleeping bags,hiking packs, and L L Bean -branded hiking boots. Ends at midnight May 18.

In Gear Deals » L L Bean sale
May 18, 7:20am

Adding pit zips
Rainy Pass will do it.

In GEAR » Add pit-zips to jacket
May 12, 3:36pm

MontBell sizing; other options
Danny, I agree with Allen that MontBell has an athletic fit. However its down jackets have sleeves long enough to accommodate my 36.5 inch sleeve length. I'd go XL with them. You can read my...

In GEAR » Montbell, Western Mountaineering Down Parka Sizing
May 05, 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...

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 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 (owns SAC) who said that its prices are lower than what an...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
March 21, 1:44pm