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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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Summer sleep system
Location: Northern Rockies (Montana/Wyoming) Temp range: 25-45 F Pad: Neoair or BA Q-Core Bag: Nunatak Back Country Blanket. I have two, a standard and an extra-long overstuffed one. The f...

In GEAR » What's your Summer Sleep System?
May 20, 8:11pm

PM sent
Edward - sent you a PM. Richard

In Gear Swap » Want to rent or buy: Packraft
May 19, 1:36pm

L L Bean sale
L L Bean is offering 20% off tents, sleeping bags,hiking packs, and L L Bean -branded hiking boots. Ends at midnight May 18.

In Gear Deals » L L Bean sale
May 18, 7:20am

Adding pit zips
Rainy Pass will do it.

In GEAR » Add pit-zips to jacket
May 12, 3:36pm

MontBell sizing; other options
Danny, I agree with Allen that MontBell has an athletic fit. However its down jackets have sleeves long enough to accommodate my 36.5 inch sleeve length. I'd go XL with them. You can read my...

In GEAR » Montbell, Western Mountaineering Down Parka Sizing
May 05, 7:28am

Sleep systems
To start I'd recommend a Western Mountaineering Alder for her and a 25-30 F quilt for you. Get a Summer Coupler from Western Mountaineering and you've got a great summer system for two, or ...

In GEAR » Sleeping Bag vs Bags - and temps for a multi-bag system in SouthEast US?
April 30, 3:17pm

Quilt ratings
Virginia, I'm a very cold sleeper and usually rate my sleeping bags at 15 F degrees above their stated limit. The only exception is Nunatak, whose ratings I've found to be accurate. One adv...

In GEAR » Quilt Temps Accurate for Women?
April 29, 7:40am

Hilleberg in winter
Susan, As a very satisfied Unna owner I agree with the earlier comments on Hilleberg tents to a point. If all zippers are closed there will be significant condensation fro body heat at any temp...

In Philosophy & Technique » Shoulder/Winter tent advice
April 16, 8:53pm

MontBell jackets
Josh - Consider MontBell's Alpine Light or Frost Smoke. My Frostline (a men's-only product and boxy) has been a lifesaver this brutal winter in the Northern Rockies, and I have experience w...

In GEAR » parka for my wife
April 16, 8:04am

Fikkes flyrod trekking poles
I tried one of these out at an Outdoor Retailer demo day, and it cast very well. The only thing I'd worry about is damaging the rod if I accidentally leaned too hard on the pole.

In Fishing » Fikkes Fishing/Trekking Poles.
April 14, 7:55am

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