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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: Is National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Ready to Go Light?
Jeremy, We have found that the Golite Odyssey holds up very well. We ran some of the Osprey packs for a while, and we don't any more, for what that's worth. Various reasons, I don't ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Is National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Ready to Go Light?
March 31, 6:17pm

Decision making Vs. Equipment
Paul Petzoldts goals are very much at the forefront of what we do at the school today. Keep in mind that there are a total of 5 lightweight specific courses every year out of hundreds of course...

In Editor's Roundtable » Is National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Ready to Go Light?
March 31, 5:21pm

Re: Re: Re: Is National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Ready to Go Light?
"Does that weight include food for 12-14 days? If so, wow! 14 days at 1.5#/day is 21 lbs all by itself." Hi Bob, That weight is with six days of food. We reration in the middle of th...

In Editor's Roundtable » Is National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Ready to Go Light?
March 31, 4:16pm

Please post Northern Tier info and opinion in a new thread.
Can I please request that comments relating to the Northern tier program which is not part of NOLS be moved to another thread. The hijacking of this thread could lead to confusion, and is not cont...

In Editor's Roundtable » Is National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Ready to Go Light?
March 31, 3:34pm

FAQ/Moderation
Is there an FAQ section at BPL? This is a standard on most boards to help newcomers and to answer, well, frequently asked questions. I have been unable to find one using the search. Also, is t...

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » FAQ/Moderation
March 31, 2:26pm

Re: Is National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Ready to Go Light?
"How is NOLS currently doing with there quest? Did they achieve, or approach the 40 lb Initiative? Have they decided on what packs and shelters to use for standard backpacking trips? A new g...

In Editor's Roundtable » Is National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Ready to Go Light?
March 31, 2:15pm

northern tier program
great points on the northern tier challenges in going lighter. Many seem to be the same as NOLS has and does face. Maybe this thread should become a place to share ideas about institutional light...

In Editor's Roundtable » Is National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Ready to Go Light?
March 01, 9:11am

Re: northern tier, be forewarned
Quote RHH: "they just might get more people to return and enjoy the wonderful environment up there." And that's so important in this day and age of Nature Deficit Disorder and dev...

In Editor's Roundtable » Is National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Ready to Go Light?
February 16, 10:13am

gaiters
The gaiters... well, we have done such a good job of coaching our staff and students to go lighter that our equipment room was out of shorty gaiters. We did enough bush whacking that gaiters were ...

In Post-Trip Reports » NOLS SW Instructor Training Trip '09
February 16, 9:55am

NOLS SW Instructor Training Trip '09
Folks really enjoyed the light packs and we made good time as we headed off trail and overland. Some people were having a little to much fun with the light packs and were starting to get a b...

In Post-Trip Reports » NOLS SW Instructor Training Trip '09
February 11, 5:16pm

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