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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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Primus ETA
It's a bit funny loading something that looks like a hatbox into your pack, but this is a great all-around stove. Boils almost 2 qts in two minutes, workable frying pan for pancakes and trout, ...

In GEAR » Primus ETA Power stove
April 14, 3:24pm

Brian, if you haven't already found this out Stephenson's will custom-cut a DAM. I have a short version (bought through BPL Gear Swap) and have talked to Stephenson's about various tent...

In GEAR » Best UL Pad for a COLD Sleeper?
April 08, 10:40am

Free advice (and worth every cent you're paying)
Consider Osprey (especially Atmos line), ULA Equipment, and ZPacks for general reliability and light weight. But if features are important, you'll need to do some research - the variations are ...

In GEAR » getting a new pack
April 08, 10:30am

All this has been helpful to me, as I've had the same problem with the valves (almost always, it seems, on cold, rainy nights). I think careful "locking" may be the answer.

In GEAR » Exped Downmat inflation issues
April 07, 9:51am

Windshirt/rain jacket
Joseph, I agree with you. I hike mostly in Texas or the Northern Rockies, where sustained rain is usually predictable. If it's not likely, I use my Wild Things EPIC windshirt (which has a hood)...

In GEAR » windshirt and rainjacket, redundant?
April 02, 9:18am

Michael - I've used Sport Wash for several years to clean jackets, pants, anything wool, anything capilene, and I think it's great - best thing I've found, even though I have to ord...

In GEAR » Sport-Wash ? For Down ?
March 31, 1:57pm

Great advice
"Good luck with your research -- my recommendation would be to spend very little at first, then spend a whole lot more for a very nice setup once you gain more experience. And keep your first ...

In Fishing » Starting Again
March 25, 11:54am

Other choices
If your budget allows, consider a Nunatak Skaha sweater, or Skaha Plus (has a hood). The MontBell EX Light is an excellent (though somewhat fragile) down sweater for use as a midlayer. It has 900 f...

In GEAR » Summer insulation?
March 16, 3:57pm

More advice
Robert, I encourage you to work with Tom Halpin, Nunatak's owner, to design the bag that suits you best. Nunatak is a custom shop, it won't cost much more to alter one of the standard desig...

In GEAR » Nunatak
March 16, 7:28am

Melissa, I have an extra long Feathered Friends bag (Lark model, I think) that's several years old but little used - it's too long for me (I'm only 6'4"). If you have any inter...

In GEAR » really long bag for a really tall guy
March 12, 12:11pm

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