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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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The Deionization of a golite ion backpack
nice work! Interestingly, I hear that there is a Jam Jr. in the works that is of a similar design. I love my my Ion for 1-3 day trips, and I think I could eak a day or two more out of it, dependi...

In Make Your Own Gear » The Deionization of a Golite Ion Backpack
June 11, 3:43pm

gila
No Suggestions per say, but I just got back from the Gila and can say that Jordan hot springs are luke warm - tepid. Once you find the right hot springs in turkey creek, they are awesome. The two...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Trail suggestions for 4 nights in Gila Wilderness
May 06, 10:40am

back from the hills...
Well, I got back from teaching the hiking section of the NOLS SW Instructors course (IC) yesterday. Students are now out at Cochise Stronghold for their climb camp. We did an eight day ration in ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Is National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Ready to Go Light?
April 29, 11:30pm

Hitting the hills
Leaving tomorrow to work a NOLS SW Instructors course. We will be running this course w/ 8 days of traditional style backpacking, shooting for 40 pound packs, and then switch gear at a re-ration a...

In Editor's Roundtable » Is National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Ready to Go Light?
April 09, 11:39pm

Stove fuel consumption and reduction research
Check out new research from the NOLS research department. Since most courses at NOLS use whisperlight stoves, this is pretty exciting for the school. NOLS PNW is already sending pot parka out on ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Is National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Ready to Go Light?
April 06, 8:00pm

shelters
Our shelter choice depends on course area and course type. For wilderness hiking, we have moved primarily to pyramid style shelters (BD megalight). Mountaineering courses use mountaineering tents...

In Editor's Roundtable » Is National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Ready to Go Light?
April 01, 12:09pm

SUL/SUCheap
I agree with Nia, I just spent a bunch of time on the walmart site and could build an SUL kit for less than $75 easily. unfortunately, BPL dropped me mid post. Maybe I'll try again tomorrow ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Keeping Ultralight Inexpensive
April 01, 1:05am

Wilderness Vs. perceived wilderness
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In Editor's Roundtable » FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: BACKPACKING LIGHT SEEKS PARTNERSHIP WITH OHV/ORV COMMUNITY TO PROMOTE MULTI-USE HARMONY IN AMERICAN WILDERNESS
March 31, 11:28pm

all in
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In Editor's Roundtable » FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: BACKPACKING LIGHT SEEKS PARTNERSHIP WITH OHV/ORV COMMUNITY TO PROMOTE MULTI-USE HARMONY IN AMERICAN WILDERNESS
March 31, 10:55pm

Re: Re: Decision making Vs. Equipment
Excellent points. I think the gear piece was more a factor of NOLS finances. Paul actually got himself in some trouble designing, building and then selling gear to the school. It taught a va...

In Editor's Roundtable » Is National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Ready to Go Light?
March 31, 9:40pm

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

BackpackingLight.com
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
http://www.antigravitygear.com/proddetail.php?prod=ALCBCS 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