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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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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

Torres del Paine
Be sure that you take a tent that can handle constant wind (and I mean WIND; these latitudes are called the roaring 40s for a reason) and be prepared for daily rain squalls. Much of the trail is mu...

In Gear Lists » Patagonia in November - Paine Circuit and Fitz Roy
September 10, 10:39am

Zero degree Nunatak
Donna, As you doubtless know Nunatak welcomes customizing. Talk to him about exactly what you want and I'll bet he can get you down to zero.

In GEAR » Nunatak
August 20, 3:45pm

Nunatak ratings
Donna, based on my experience with two Nunatak bags (Back Country Blanket and Ghost) I'd say its ratings are conservative. I sleep cold and usually factor in a 15 F degree cushion, but the Ghos...

In GEAR » Nunatak
August 19, 8:52am

First tent
I strongly agree with John that you should get used to camping first and then start looking for gear that suits the style you've developed. Less expensive and far less frustration than spending...

In GEAR » Help deciding on a tent
August 14, 2:03pm

Everything I've used from Westcomb - eVENT Mirage rain shell, Pinnacle wool sweater, Nanosphere Syncro pants, 3 layer eVent ski jacket, and a heavy fleece pullover - has been great. Very durabl...

In GEAR » Westcomb vs. Rab
August 14, 7:53am

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