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Ryan Hutchins (ryan_hutchins) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Somewhere out there
About Me I've been hiking since I could walk and grew up in NH hiking in the white mountains. For 15 years I have been working in Outdoor Education, and for the last 10 years I have been an Instructor for NOLS - the National Outdoor Leadership School. I am currently helping to develop the lightweight program at the school.
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All Forum Posts by Ryan Hutchins

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Wind Rivers - Smoke in Titcomb Basin?
I was in there about two weeks ago when the fire began, and have talked to folks who just came out of the mountains on sat. Seems like the smoke has died down quite a bit, though I am sure it is s...

In GEAR » Wind Rivers - Smoke in Titcomb Basin?
August 20, 4:27pm

Re: Fixing velcro to sil-nylon
No worries. I wonder how a small zipper would work? It would be interesting to compare the weight of a small zipper to velcro. A friend of mine had some luck using sil-net to attach the sticky t...

In Make Your Own Gear » Fixing velcro to sil-nylon
August 19, 2:53pm

fixing velcro to sil-nylon
I recently did a similar mod to a Hut 1 shelter. I didn't use velcro though. I stitched small loops around the edge of the shelter, then attached small pieces of flat cord to the bug net (16&...

In Make Your Own Gear » Fixing velcro to sil-nylon
August 19, 1:57pm

Re: Re: The Wait for Lightweight
"Also bear in mind that the profit margin on a pair of big leather boots is much higher. My favourite KT-26s sell for ~$30 and Big-W or Target - not a lot of incentive there!" Good poi...

In Editor's Roundtable » The Wait for Lightweight (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008)
August 16, 2:13pm

Re: The Wait for Lightweight (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008)
Thanks Sam, I was just adding some more perspective on the "Wait for lightweight" at OR. As you know, I have been involved in the NOLS lightweight program since it's inception, and ...

In Editor's Roundtable » The Wait for Lightweight (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008)
August 15, 8:25pm

The Wait for Lightweight
Having been at OR this year doing research for the NOLS Lightweight program, I was impressed with the quantity of lightweight outerwear and even the footwear available from major manufacturers. A...

In Editor's Roundtable » The Wait for Lightweight (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008)
August 13, 9:47pm

new photos
More pictures of this trip have been added to the flickr group for this course: NOLS lightweight course 7/20/08

In Post-Trip Reports » NOLS Lightweight Backpacking 7/20-8/2/08
August 13, 5:49pm

Lightweight rainwear 2008
fascinating information and good reporting. Thanks

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Rainwear 2008: Current Favorites, New Introductions, and New Technologies (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008)
August 13, 5:46pm

Durability matters
"A traditional backpacker might also include durability and ease-of-use, but I'd argue these are less important to lightweight hikers." As part of my sleep system, durability is an...

In Editor's Roundtable » Plush Pads (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008)
August 13, 5:30pm

even easier....
You can also get a FREE Flickr account and then upload your pictures there. There is an option to link from Flickr to other sites and you can just cut and past that link into BPL and in goes the p...

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » Adding Photographs
August 12, 8:35am

All Reader Reviews by Ryan Hutchins

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Lighten Up! by Don Ladigin
This is the first resource I hand folks when teaching about lightweight backpacking skills. It provides insights and entertainment, while allowing space to make decisions, which I believe to be integ...

In Books and Media
October 03, 1:17pm
I just got off the phone W/ Karen from BPL Customer service. She was really helpful in helping me out w/ a leaky torso-lite. She was quick to return my initial call (even though I missed her return ...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
May 21, 11:25am

Bozeman Mountain Works Torsolite Pad
I have about 4 weeks of camping with this pad under my back at night. It is pretty comfortable. I like the 1" thickness and the small packed size. Having said that, I'm a pretty big fella ...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
February 20, 5:32pm

Petzl e+LITE
Overall I like the E-Lite as a versatile headlamp. The small size and weight are awesome. I agree the switch could be better, but I like that it basically locks when off so it can't be turned on ...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
November 11, 8:19pm

GoLite Hut 1
I have used the GoLite Hut 1 on a number of trips now both short and extended. The longest was a twelve day trip this summer. I encountered heavy rain for 11 out of twelve days of that trip. The ...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
November 11, 7:52pm

Montrail Hardrock
I just picked up a pair of hardrocks for a 12 day trip into the Absoroka mountains of Wyoming. The trip was short notice so I had zero miles on these shoes prior to heading out. The shoes held up w...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
August 05, 8:50pm

Antigravity Gear .4 oz pepsi style alcohol stove I used this stove briefly - over 5 days in the Idaho back country during the summer. the stove is incredibly light and simple to use. I f...

In Stoves - Alcohol
June 29, 11:36am

Mont Bell
I returned a VERY old pair of MontBell gore-tex rainpant to the store in Boulder while living there. The Gore-tex was delaminating. I had cut all the tags out of the pants and they were seriously ha...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
April 12, 1:19pm

GU Energy Gel
I really like GU (flavor dependant of course)! I have used it on mountaineering routes and backcountry skiing as well as road biking. I have found that it can work for sustained energy if you keep...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
April 12, 1:09pm

Petzl Tikka
I have used a number of tikka headlamps since they came out, from the original to the plus. They work well and are, in my opinion, the new classic, much as the behemouth old school petzl headlamps we...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
April 12, 12:56pm