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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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Advice from the pros
Mike and Sam (and others!) - Do keep it coming. Earning a living makes me at best an infrequent backpacker, and I welcome whatever advice you true outdoorsmen provide.

In Gear Lists » Beartooth Wilderness 6-day list
August 11, 9:04am

bear spray a must
Dave, I'm late posting on bear spray because I was camping in the Slough Creek area of Yellowstone Park, just south of the Absarokas. In four days our group saw twelve bears, most of them un...

In Gear Lists » Beartooth Wilderness 6-day list
August 10, 8:52am

Learning to fly fish
Dave, Alan's post is right on the mark. You might check to see if there's a fly shop in New York City that gives classes or has someone who gives lessons. I used to live in Manhattan an...

In Fishing » Learning to fly fish: where to start?
July 30, 3:43pm

Fill power of eiderdown
I listed an eider Back Country Blanket in response to a thread about most expensive gear ever purchased. At about $2800 it was on my wish list only. I'm not sure that the standard fill power...

In GEAR » 900 Fill Down
July 30, 8:16am

R2 pack
PM sent on the pack

In Gear Swap » FS - Misc Gear Items
July 29, 8:07am

My Blast is great for day hiking, though its hardware is somewhat fragile. As noted above you'll have to wait until Christmas. Not ultralight (not light at all) but my Mystery Ranch Mountain Mo...

In GEAR » Day Pack Recommendations
July 29, 7:59am

I very much prefer the Exped integrated pump. The pumpsack takes too long and air is lost when I remove it at completion of inflation or when it slips off (which is frequently). I do have a half...

In GEAR » Synmat7 or downmat7
July 24, 1:20pm

Fly-fishing necklace
Like Craig I use a dedicated fishing shirt with plenty of pockets, and add either my old Mayfly pouch or a "necklace" to which attach nippers, small fly box, floatant, tippet spool. These...

In Fishing » UL chest tackle pack?
July 20, 10:55am

Atsko Sport Wash
I order it from Atsko in South Carolina in large containers. At a capful or two per wash it's quite inexpensive. I have many merino garments and Woolite doesa good job on them. Good old Ivory...

In GEAR » Alternatives to Nikwax Tech Wash?
July 02, 9:47pm

Of course you are
No one ever doubted you

In Chaff » South Carolina's Governor is missing on the AT
June 26, 3:14pm

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