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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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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

Try Feathered Friends
Feathered Friends in Seattle has several semi-rectangular and rectangular bags that should meet your criteria.

In GEAR » Large sleeping bag
June 24, 10:57am

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

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