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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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Backcountry fishing
Brad, Temple Fork makes great rods, one of the best values I have ever seen. You can't go wrong with one of those. Any of the better quality lines should work, and I agree that you should go...

In Fishing » Beginning Fly Fishing in the Smokies
March 02, 7:33am

Pound the pavement
Ben, You're going to have to try out some boots, as the most important component of boot comfort is how the boots fit your feet. Lasts, designs, lacing, arch, and many other things make each br...

In GEAR » Help Me Find the PERFECT Shoes
February 27, 10:18am

Flies for the Beartooths
Steve, Joe is right - be sure to check with the local fly shop. But in most of the lakes in the Beartooths (and streams too) the fish aren't especially finicky. Take your standard dries and str...

In GEAR » Fly fishing question
February 27, 10:03am

Cloudveil pants
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In Gear Swap » Cloudveil pants size 38
February 23, 7:32am

Ray the "Newbie"
Ray, This has to be the first time anyone's called you a newbie in a few years. For those on the thread unfamiliar with, Ray is the all-time leader in gear reviews, having ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » New guy (kinda) here three…
February 21, 3:53pm

Most expensive
In cost, plainly my winter two-man tent, a Bibler Bombshelter that I bought when Todd Bibler still made them. It was a demo and cost about $750 in the 1980s. But I'm still using it twenty years...

In GEAR » Most expensive?
February 20, 4:04pm

Feathered Friends Retail Online
Feathered Friends has just made its retail store an online operation, and has some decent discounts on good brands (Rab, Westcomb, Arc'Teryx). FF promises its bags will be available online soon...

In Gear Deals » Feathered Friends Retail Online
February 18, 12:25pm

Two suggestions
Dirk, You should look into Wild Things as someone else suggested. Very high quality and great athletic fit. I have WT's eVENT bibs for skiing and ski touring and love them. Also consider Westco...

In GEAR » Help choosing a new rainjacket
February 15, 9:45am

Try Mystery Ranch
Curt, Try Dana or his team at www. As you probably know MR makes much of its stock for the military and are used to large guys. He'd probably make them longer than stock if...

In GEAR » Extra Long Shoulder Straps?
February 11, 3:20pm

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

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