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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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Terrific jacket
It really is - somebody go for it.

In Gear Swap » Like new Large 2014 Montbell Frost Line Parka
March 09, 4:20pm

Often I'll pack a frozen steak or kebab for dinner the first night. If it's steak I prefer it rare.Great way to celebrate being in the backcountry! David is right - airtight repackaging rea...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Taking fresh meats on hikes - how long does it last?
March 09, 7:52am

Doug, I lost my 12+ year old Great Pyrenees (also a rescue) last fall and the house still seems empty so I know how you're feeling. My sister reminded me of a picture in which the lost pet s...

In Chaff » Trip report - John P. Saylor Trail, PA, and a bit of memory lane
March 06, 7:22am

Hiking clothes in everyday life
I do wear my rain shell or down jacket as appropriate over office clothes, whether casual or a suit, rather than a trench coat or topcoat. But I'm most comfortable in cotton, which has limited ...

In GEAR » Using hiking clothes in everyday life.
February 26, 4:06pm

Denali Llama
Sent you an email Richard

In Gear Swap » FS: Alpacka Denali Llama, Carbon Werner Shuna, Sweet Protection Strutter
February 10, 10:00pm

Some Yellowstone area suggestions
For fishing - Slough Creek in Yellowstone NP anytime after July 4. Beautiful country, one of the world's great cutthroat fisheries. Easy hiking but very popular, so put in for a campsite early....

In Pre-Trip Planning » 3 day trips in Tetons, Yellowstone, Sawtooth and Yosemite
January 28, 10:08pm

sleep socks for cold sleepers
I use heavyweight merino socks, usually Filson, down to about 10 F. Below that it's GooseFeet down socks.

In GEAR » Cold sleepers: What are your go-to sleeping socks?
January 21, 10:12pm

2015 goals
Back to the Beartooth Plateau. A good packrafting trip. Transylvania.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Where are you excited to go in 2015?
January 19, 7:39am

Torres del Paine
John - I did the Paine Circuit, counterclockwise, in 1999. Can't believe it was fifteen-plus years ago! We had freakish weather - only twenty minutes of rain in ten days. One river was so hi...

In Post-Trip Reports » PATAGONIA: TORRES DEL PAINE Q Circuit Trip Report
January 18, 7:41am

Torres del Paine
John, Your report and photos stirred fond memories of the place I consider the most beautiful that I have ever seen. Thanks for posting.

In Post-Trip Reports » PATAGONIA: TORRES DEL PAINE Q Circuit Trip Report
January 16, 8:54am

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