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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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Two suggestions
Brad, if your budget allows consider a Nunatak Skaha Plus, which keeps me warm down to zero. You can customize with Nunatak too, adding/subtracting down depending on how cold prone you are. Patagon...

In GEAR » Down Jacket for Winter Camping
October 20, 5:03pm

Do the Circuit
The Circuit is one of the great hikes of the world. If you go all that way you MUST do the circuit. Some nearby alternatives/add ons - Valle Ascensio (to the Towers themselves), Valle Frances (we w...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » searching for info about Torres del Paine - Brazo Sur
October 11, 8:57am

a bag to suit
Aaron has given you some good advice. Find out what YOU need in a bag and look around. Each manufacturer he suggested is excellent; you might also consider Feathered Friends, which has many differe...

In GEAR » Montbell blues...
October 09, 2:56pm

Packrafting 101
Addie, I much enjoyed your story, which I read just before departing for the September session of the course. We had a different venue (Yellowstone River from Gardiner to Emigrant, twice through...

In Editor's Roundtable » Wilderness Cred for the Packrafting Noobs
October 06, 3:58pm

Shell materials
Jeff, I have two Nunatak bags - Arc Ghost in 0.85 oz Quantum (replaced by the new 0.8 oz stuff now) that I bought on BPL's Gear Swap, and a BCB with 1.0 oz spinnaker bought on Nunatak's ...

In GEAR » Nunatak Arc Alpinist
October 06, 12:22pm

Nunatak bag ratings
I think Nunatak's ratings are conservative. I've been using an Arc Ghost this summer and fall and have been comfortable down to freezing in just a merino hoody and long johns. I had similar...

In GEAR » Nunatak Arc Alpinist
October 06, 8:47am

Roger, You are correct about the vestibule; most Biblers have add-on vestibules that increase the price significantly, are impossible to attach in the dark or in high winds, and are generally lo...

In GEAR » Need some advice: tent for upcoming Labrador trip
October 02, 7:26am

Wind Shirt in the winter
I find a good wind shirt more useful in winter than in summer. Good ones (I have ones from Wild Things and block the wind really well and have enough DWR to repel snow, a great mid...

In GEAR » Wind Shirt Questions
October 01, 9:21am

Black Diamond/Bibler
<<> -capable of standing up to really big wind and wet weather. I think you may need to look at a European tent - something like a Hilleberg tunnel. Most USA tents are not designed for th...

In GEAR » Need some advice: tent for upcoming Labrador trip
October 01, 7:24am

Theft issues
It's never happened in 35+ years, and I'm a frequent base camp backpacker. I have worried about it when in high-use areas. If terrain and regulations permit it, I try to set camp as far off...

In GEAR » Leaving your gear at camp - theft concerns
September 30, 9:43am

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