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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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Jay, If you're willing to add a few ounces you might consider a Nunatak Back Country Blanket, the most versatile bag I've ever owned. I am a very cold sleeper and so ordered 6 oz overfill a...

In GEAR » Nunatak Arc?
September 17, 7:40am

Four season tent
If you do get a Warmlite, be sure to order the windows if you plan to use it in warmer weather unless you like sauna-like conditions. With the windows though it truly works well in all four seasons...

In GEAR » Looking for Lightweight Tent...
September 12, 3:33pm

Backcountry.com end of summer sale
Got an email this morning and a very quick browse of the site indicated some good deals. Runs through Sept 3

In Gear Deals » Backcountry.com end of summer sale
August 21, 8:17am

Yellowstone in October
Most of the Park is seriously nice country, and October is a great time to see it. Snow is defintitely possible but so is fine fall weather. That's what I had last September along the Bechler R...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Ideas/beta/partner for Yellowstone fall trip
August 11, 7:05am

Ashley, The photos accompanying my review of the Catalyst at http://www.backpackgeartest.org/reviews/Packs/Internal%20and%20External%20Framed%20Backpacks/ULA%20Equipment%20Catalyst/Owner%20Review%...

In GEAR » got pics of your ULA circuit / catalyst?
July 25, 11:11am

Hilleberg Unna
It's not SUL but for taller campers (I'm 6'4") who want a truly weather-worthy tent the Unna is a great choice. With BPL stakes (and a tulle panel added by the previous owner) mine...

In GEAR » ultimate double wall tent
July 14, 6:54am

BCB for two
John, To answer your original question #2 I quote from my review of the BCB for BackpackGearTest - "As a two-person quilt the Blanket is satisfactory if the users are close friends neither of ...

In GEAR » Nunatak for couples
July 05, 8:26am

Restoring DWR
The best product I've found for restoring DWR is Atsko Water Guard, available at www.atsko.com or private labeled as Penguin. But ReviveX is a close second. Clean it with non-detergent soap (...

In GEAR » How to Restore DWR
July 03, 7:33am

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PM on a prospect sent. Richard

In Gear Swap » WTB: 5-6 person dome tent
June 30, 9:41am

Kifaru stove
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In Gear Swap » Gear For Sale-Inov-8, Chaco, Mont-bell & more
June 26, 8:12am

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

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