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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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Patagonia sizing
Dana, I'm 6-4, 200, with a 36.5 inch sleeve. Patagonia XL fits really well. Sounds like you need a Large.

In Gear Deals » patagonia winterfest sale
February 11, 3:12pm

Another vote for Ibex
Ibex for base layers, with Icebreaker a close second. With one exception - Patagonia wool 2 for the lightest weight tops

In GEAR » Favorite Wool Company?
February 07, 6:56am

Overnight pack for ski touring
E J, If you like your Dana Big Sky (I really liked mine) check out the ski packs now sold by Dana at his new company, Particularly effective at carrying skis or snowshoes. I ...

In GEAR » Advice on Backcountry skiing gear
January 30, 7:46am

More cashmere use
In cleaning out my closet over the Christmas holidays I came across a pair of old (10+ years) cashmere sweaters that hadn't been stored in bins. As a result the gourmet moths in my house (won&#...

In GEAR » Has anybody used Cashmere in the Backcountry?
January 29, 3:25pm

All-around tent
Max, Three suggestions: 1. Hilleberg, as recommended above. I love my Unna for winter camping, but no vestibule. The new Soulo has one though. 2. Bibler, available through Black Diamond. The Eldo...

In GEAR » Best lightweight all use tent ?
January 28, 3:07pm

MontBell Down Inner and EX Light
Allison, I have one of each. The EX Light fabric is reasonably durable, though I lose a feather or two on each trip. The weight saving comes from no zippers and 900 fill down (same amount of down p...

In GEAR » MontBell Ex Light: UL Madness?
January 20, 8:59am

Wild Things
My Wild Things eVENT bibs fit really well - size XL for a 6'4", 205 lb, 37 in waist. WT tends to make trim, athletic fitting gear, unlike some others who think tall people are wide around ...

In GEAR » eVent Pants for tall people
January 20, 8:29am

Definitely worth the trip - scenery I never thought possible in Texas. Be prepared for ferocious winds!

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Central Texas hikes
January 16, 8:13am

Water and whisky
Williams, James, and Chris - I think we need to undertake a serious, principled study to determine EXACTLY the proportions that best bring out the taste and nose. Strictly for science, of cours...

In Philosophy & Technique » Adult beverages in the backcountry.
January 15, 11:29am

Payment and PM sent
Thanks, Dave

In Gear Swap » FS: Western Mountaineering MityLite, Gossamer Gear Lightrek poles, Nunatak quilt
January 14, 8:15am

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