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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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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

Tent suggestion
Matt, I love my Unna for all seasons. I'm 6'4" and there's ample room for me and my gear. At those temps though you can definitely go lighter - Scarp should work well, or try a ...

In GEAR » Need some advice: tent for upcoming Labrador trip
September 30, 9:36am

Volant sizing
These do run small. I had one of these once and thought my usual XL was too tight. Someone is going to get a bargain on this one - fantastic price.

In Gear Swap » FS:Feathered Friends Volant Jacket
September 25, 7:40am

More advice
Josh, For years I used the WM Alder (formerly called Aspen) plus Summer Coupler. Since buying a Nunatak Back Country Blanket I've tried it with flannel sheet underneath, then a custom-sewn gro...

In GEAR » Double Sleeping System for the snugglers.
September 25, 7:34am

Ski touring boots
Roger, I haven't checked lately but the old-style leather ski touring boots are often available on eBay. Also Sierra Trading Post regularly has SCARPA and Alico leather ski boots. Don't ...

In Gear Swap » B.D. Lighthouse, Komperdell, eVent Bivy, Arc'teryx, Atomic 5Lb Skis
September 25, 7:20am

Ray - PM sent on the Scarp. Best, Richard

In Gear Swap » misc gear for sale
September 24, 8:39am

Merino hoody
Andrew, I'm interested; would prefer grey color. PM me (or direct at regarding postage charges and payment arrangements. Richard

In Gear Swap » Icebreaker merino wool hooded tops
September 23, 10:08am

DownMat short in winter
I also use my Exped 7 short in winter, adding pack and sitting pad for my feet. As the user reviews on BPL indicate, this pad is worth every dollar and every ounce for a good night's sleep.

In GEAR » Exped DownMat for Winter?
September 11, 7:54am

Summer and fall layers
Most of my hiking in summer and fall is in the Northern Rockies, where it's low humidity and rain limited to afternoon showers. I wear a merino crew shirt (or BPL Beartooth Hoody if it's ex...

In GEAR » What jackets are everyone wearing?
September 10, 3:06pm

Patagonia weather
In fact when I did the Circuit the weather was freakishly good - one 15-minute rain squall and a snow squall when we hiked through Passo John Garner. But be prepared for anything, especially that w...

In Gear Lists » Patagonia in November - Paine Circuit and Fitz Roy
September 10, 2:49pm

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