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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.
CityBozeman
StateMontana
CountryUSA

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All Forum Posts by Richard Lyon

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Age of backpackers
I think David states it correctly. Folks in their 30s, 40s, and 50s are tied down in too many places. When I was with an organization that organized one-week backcountry service trips we studied wh...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Is backpacking only for the young!
October 02, 2:42pm

Alpaca helmet liner
Alpacas of Montana had an open house and sale yesterday, and I purchased an alpaca helmet liner with gaiter at a nice discount - but still much more than anything fleece or merino. Stay tuned throu...

In GEAR » Merino Sheeps Wool vs Alpaca Fiber--the show down, dun dun duh.
September 29, 7:57pm

Lost Maples
There are a couple of campsites at Lost Maples, though water is a problem. The hikes are easy and you could pack in enough for an overnight. Pretty crowded (meaning advance reservations are necessa...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Central Texas hikes
September 26, 4:26pm

Favorite hats
Like Dale I endorse the Sunday Afternoons Adventure Hat for sun and OR Seattle Sombrero for autumn rain. For fall and winter warmth I use an old Vermont Bird Company cashmere watch cap. Patterns...

In GEAR » Your favorite Warm Hat; Favorite Warm sun hat/system
September 26, 3:50pm

Way to go Tyler!
Bravi to you both! Tyler, you've made my day.

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » Trip report - "Help with sick 12 year old" - Emigrant Wilderness - Master Hike!
September 24, 7:40pm

Blister protection
Elizabeth, I have the same problem as you - narrow ankles. Probably not as bad as your left foot seems to be but a bit more troublesome because so few men's boots come in a width smaller than D...

In GEAR » Heel blister protection, alternative to Engo strips?
September 20, 7:42am

Torres del Paine
Chris, First let me say that the Torres del Paine is the most beautiful place I've ever seen. I think you'll have a wonderful trip. My opinion on your questions: Mice weren't a p...

In Gear Lists » Torres Del Paine
September 18, 3:52pm

Alpaca base layers
Ah, Richard, you beat me to it, I was going to inquire about vicuna. Perhaps lined with eider down? I am interested in the Komafram products, which apparently are due out soon. My neighbors ...

In GEAR » Merino Sheeps Wool vs Alpaca Fiber--the show down, dun dun duh.
September 16, 8:21am

PM sent on couple's bag
Sent you a PM. Richard

In Gear Swap » FS URSACK S29 White, new
September 11, 8:31am

Two further observations
Endorsements of other posters, really. First is to praise the Western Mountaineering Alder, which I used down to 20 F for many years. Great bag. Second is my strong recommendation, along with a few...

In GEAR » Help with chooosing a 3 season quilt
August 31, 7:59am

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...

In 2 - BACKPACKING LIGHT WILDERNESS TREKKING SCHOOL
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

Patagonia
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

Backcountry.com
Backcountry.com 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 backcountry.com (owns SAC) who said that its prices are lower than what an...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
March 21, 1:44pm