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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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Overnight pack for ski touring
E J, If you like your Dana Big Sky (I really liked mine) check out the ski packs now sold by Dana at his new company, www.mysteryranch.com. Particularly effective at carrying skis or snowshoes. I ...

In GEAR » Advice on Backcountry skiing gear
January 30, 7:46am

More cashmere use
In cleaning out my closet over the Christmas holidays I came across a pair of old (10+ years) cashmere sweaters that hadn't been stored in bins. As a result the gourmet moths in my house (won&#...

In GEAR » Has anybody used Cashmere in the Backcountry?
January 29, 3:25pm

All-around tent
Max, Three suggestions: 1. Hilleberg, as recommended above. I love my Unna for winter camping, but no vestibule. The new Soulo has one though. 2. Bibler, available through Black Diamond. The Eldo...

In GEAR » Best lightweight all use tent ?
January 28, 3:07pm

MontBell Down Inner and EX Light
Allison, I have one of each. The EX Light fabric is reasonably durable, though I lose a feather or two on each trip. The weight saving comes from no zippers and 900 fill down (same amount of down p...

In GEAR » MontBell Ex Light: UL Madness?
January 20, 8:59am

Wild Things
My Wild Things eVENT bibs fit really well - size XL for a 6'4", 205 lb, 37 in waist. WT tends to make trim, athletic fitting gear, unlike some others who think tall people are wide around ...

In GEAR » eVent Pants for tall people
January 20, 8:29am

Definitely worth the trip - scenery I never thought possible in Texas. Be prepared for ferocious winds!

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Central Texas hikes
January 16, 8:13am

Water and whisky
Williams, James, and Chris - I think we need to undertake a serious, principled study to determine EXACTLY the proportions that best bring out the taste and nose. Strictly for science, of cours...

In Philosophy & Technique » Adult beverages in the backcountry.
January 15, 11:29am

Payment and PM sent
Thanks, Dave

In Gear Swap » FS: Western Mountaineering MityLite, Gossamer Gear Lightrek poles, Nunatak quilt
January 14, 8:15am

Arc Ghost
Dave, I'll take it. Send me a PM with payment method and address. Richard

In Gear Swap » FS: Western Mountaineering MityLite, Gossamer Gear Lightrek poles, Nunatak quilt
January 13, 1:16pm

MontBell colors
In my experience these colors are (i) shiny and ugly and (ii) not accurately represented on MB's website. Olive green is particularly garish. Fortunately all that I now own are mid-layers, so t...

In GEAR » Montbell Colors
January 08, 8:56am

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

Backcountry.com 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 backcountry.com (owns SAC) who said that its prices are lower than what an...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
March 21, 1:44pm