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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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A few comments
Steve, Any Tarptent that meets your requirements ought to provide more than adequate shelter in Pennsylvania. The Appy Trails mentioned above got great reviews on BackpackGearTest.org A lowe...

In GEAR » Help decide on a shelter
March 12, 8:52pm

Packrafting in Yellowstone
The Park superintendent is adamantly opposed to the bill and several local (Montana/Wyoming) conservation organizations have opposed it as well. The NPS I can understand - full plate already and no...

In Packrafting » Packraft Relate Bill in US Senate
March 09, 8:28am

Mid layer down jacket
Lindsey, try MontBell. Both the EX Light and Plasma 1000 are unisex (though you may need to look for them under "Men's") and true to size for men - at least this 6-4, 200 lb guy. Very...

In GEAR » Mid layer down jacket for tall female
February 21, 8:21pm

Aurora Borealis
Amazing is right! Thanks for posting.

In Photo Gallery » Aurora Borealis
February 20, 7:11am

Alexander Julian 2XL
If not taken or committed, I'll take it.

In Gear Swap » 2XL and 3XL Merino/Cashmere sweaters
February 19, 8:01pm

Bibler I-Tent and Hilleberg Unna
Super bargains on both. Two of the best tentmakers of all time. Go for them, someone!

In Gear Swap » FS 3 TENTS: BIBLER I YELLOW: LIGHTHEART DUO WEDGE GRAY: UNNA HILLEBERG GREEN
February 19, 7:59pm

One pair more than I need
One pair of socks is dedicated for sleeping. One pair is dedicated to two trail days. So for a four-night trek, three pair - one for days 1 and 2, one for days 3 and 4, and one for sleeping. On odd...

In GEAR » How Many Pairs of Socks Do You Carry?
February 18, 7:58pm

two sources for less expensive tents
Someone has already mentioned LL Bean. Take a look at Sierra Trading Post too, which often has real bargains on great tents.

In GEAR » good, not too expensive, 2 or 3 person tent.
February 13, 3:17pm

Window on an Unna
Peter's right, a window helps. Mine has the equivalent of a window - a tulle mesh panel on the door. Possible for me only because I bought the tent from Peter.

In GEAR » Changing gear and need tent help. ( loooong)
February 05, 2:56pm

Injury prevention articles
<> Jennifer, I agree completely. << I suspect winning a malpractice claim based on an internet discussion is rather unlikely, particularly if care is taken to prevent any percepti...

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » Injury forum
February 05, 2:50pm

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