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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 from Black Diamond
Consider a Skylight, nominally a three-person tent but just about right for two adults plus a dog. Vestibule is small (non-existent if you don't button up the tent at night) and mild condensati...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Tent for 2 plus pooch
June 18, 10:06am

ULA Catalyst
Mike, I have very limited internet access as I am traveling. PM me tomorrow as I have one and might be interested in selling. Richard

In Gear Swap » WTB ULA Catalyst XL
June 14, 5:52pm

Feathered Friends Great Auk
On request Feathered Friends will make up a Great Auk, a discontinued model that's fully rectangular with a pad sleeve but no down on the bottom, rated to about 30 F. My size Long weighs about ...

In GEAR » Lightweight Rectangle Sleeping Bag?
June 07, 9:05am

Water Guard
You might consider Atsko Water Guard. I haven't used it on a bag but on jackets, gloves, pants, etc I've found it to be as good as Nikwax, and less expensive. Not all that easy to find (Wal...

In GEAR » DWR Treatment Options
June 05, 3:20pm

NOT fly fishing only
Cary, I think the site would be better if not limited to fly fishing. Too many high country lakes where spinning gear is needed.

In Fishing » New website for backpacking and fly fishing
June 02, 7:08am

Flyfishing site
Count me among those who'd be VERY interested. Let me know if I can help.

In Fishing » New website for backpacking and fly fishing
June 01, 1:49pm

I've had plenty of experience with EPIC, including tents and camp shoes (from Nunatak). It should do the trick - virtually waterproof despite its maker's more limited "water resistant&...

In GEAR » eVent quilt? Is there such a thing?
June 01, 1:47pm

It is a bargain
Great tent; I love mine. Now over $450 from BD. Go for it, somebody.

In Gear Swap » FS Black Diamond Skylight 3 person tent
May 29, 3:13pm

Wilderness Volunteers
I believe that Wilderness Volunteers ( has a Facebook page. I'm trying to get them (us, actually - I'm a trip leader) to start a Yahoo group.

In Other Activities » Trail Maintenance Forum?
May 26, 4:49pm

In my opinion it's not sweet. Very light flavor (especially since I normally use a half tablet) and tastes like fruit. Nothing like Gatorade or other energy drinks.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Trail Days - Damascus, VA May, 15-17
May 26, 4:46pm

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