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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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NOLS SW Instructor Training Trip '09
Although the duration of this training trip is short, we try to pack as much into it as possible. Participants were able to try various shelters, stove systems and meal ideas. We hi...

In Post-Trip Reports » NOLS SW Instructor Training Trip '09
February 11, 4:23pm

NOLS SW Instructor Training Trip '09
For the third year in a row, The National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Southwest Location offered lightweight training to Field Staff interested in working in our lightweight backpacking progra...

In Post-Trip Reports » NOLS SW Instructor Training Trip '09
February 11, 3:56pm

Podcasts updated on itunes
Is there a reason that the podcasts that are on the website are not being updated to itunes? It appears that the itunes subscription is significantly behind what is on the website. Or am I missin...

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » Podcasts updated on itunes
February 02, 12:09am

Re: New Muffin King?
Ha, I thought the same thing as Mike! Andy can be the muffin king, but I still want to teach him how to bake a calzone in the backcounty, mmmmmm. I love the escalante area, it's been too l...

In Post-Trip Reports » WT School Escalante 08
November 20, 12:00pm

Re: A thread gone awry
I think the ethical questions are worth asking, and I think they should guide us each in the decisions that we make. From eth·ic Pronunciation:\ˈe-thik\ Functio...

In Chaff » R.I.P. - Bush Buddy rip off
November 07, 1:29pm

unerwear solutions
Go commando!?!

In GEAR » Underwear solutions?
October 03, 8:00pm

Baluchi Valley Afghanistan
wow, what a neat perspective. It is great that you are able to appreciate the beauty of the area, despite the potential overshadowing of violence. Thanks for your service. Stay safe and keep fin...

In Post-Trip Reports » Baluchi Valley Afghanistan
September 14, 10:21am

NOLS light & Fast bakpacking (aug 2008)
Nice report Mike. You did a great job capturing the essence of a NOLS course. It is o cool to me that we traveled through the same areas just a week or so apart and yet took such different routes...

In Post-Trip Reports » NOLS Light & Fast Backpacking (aug 2008)
September 14, 10:16am

NOLS Lightweight Backpacking 7/20-8/2/08
Ha, yeah you better get on it Buddy! Let me know if you need any tech support, I think I have a better handle on the BPL forums now (maybe!)

In Post-Trip Reports » NOLS Lightweight Backpacking 7/20-8/2/08
September 11, 11:51am

Better Bags
I am in no way affiliated with any sleeping bag company, nor am I a retailer, but I have spent well over 700 nights in a bag. When I first skimmed the sleeping bag article, I too was surprise...

In Editor's Roundtable » Better Bags (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008)
September 03, 10:57pm

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
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 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