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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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OR Forums
There are forums for past OR shows, which seem to keep all the info consolidated. Any reason for the change on this?

In Editor's Roundtable » Introduction to Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008
August 31, 3:59pm

frying fish
Cut and paste this link: Not the absolute lightest, but could also be used as a pot, maybe? It is hard anodized al...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Frying Fish
August 29, 1:07pm

DIAD Pemi Traverse
I love the Pemi! That is my old stomping grounds. Man those pictures bring me back. Thanks for sharing them, and your story.

In Post-Trip Reports » DIAD Pemi Traverse
August 28, 9:11am

Winter/expedition Sleeping System
You can also reduce long term moisture build up by hanging your sleeping bag tautly between two skis or poles or trees etc. Doing this right after getting out of the bag, while there is still some...

In GEAR » Winter/Expedition Sleeping System
August 22, 8:22am

Bear Protection above treeline...
It's more about approved food storage than what the bear might, or might not smell IMO. OP sacks AFAIK are not approved for food storage by the USFS. Would a bear be able to smell your food? ...

In GEAR » Bear protection options above treeline...
August 21, 6:48pm

ripped pack
Either. You could also DIY if you have some ripstop tape and some seam seal. I know GoLite likes to see how the packs wear so they can improve them, might be worth sending it to them. it is likel...

In GEAR » ripped pack
August 21, 11:13am

Re: Info...
I hate links on this site. So frustrating. Google Wind River Weather, it should get you started.,

In GEAR » Wind Rivers - Smoke in Titcomb Basin?
August 20, 6:07pm

New fork fire perimeter

In GEAR » Wind Rivers - Smoke in Titcomb Basin?
August 20, 5:50pm

Re: Smoky air...
Ryan - You should be fine, just check to make sure your trailheads are not affected. the fire, as far as I know, has not impacted Titcomb, besides maybe some smoke. It rained a LOT last week, s...

In GEAR » Wind Rivers - Smoke in Titcomb Basin?
August 20, 5:37pm

cliff hangs
I have had great success hanging my food off of large boulders or small cliffs in the winds. I personally wouldn't use just a bag of any type, particularly in the winds where the bears that yo...

In GEAR » Bear protection options above treeline...
August 20, 4:43pm

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