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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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Andrew, And it's much more waterproof than Patagonia advertises, and the fabric is really stout. Like all Patagucci garments, really good quality - and expensive too. But worth it in my opi...

In GEAR » Fill weight of the patagonia down sweater?
December 30, 11:07am

Wild Things Epic windshirt
I agree with Thom on the WT Epic windshirt. I'm cold prone and use the Epic shirt whenever it gets below 40 F. It's especially good in snow, as it's waterproof enough to shed that as we...

In GEAR » Endurance or Epic Shell Jackets
December 30, 11:03am

My top three for 2008
1. Westcomb Mirage eVENT shell - Special edition. Best rain shell I've ever owned. Also the lightest. 2. Ryders Eyewear Adrenaline Intersect Interchangeable Sunglasses - fina...

In Editor's Roundtable » 2008 Backpacking Light Staff Picks
December 23, 12:55pm

Patagonia Wool 2
David, I've found Wool 2 to be great for temperatures well below freezing - and I'm cold prone. Most remarkable base layer I've ever owned. I use the turtleneck.

In GEAR » Patagonia wool 2 or 3 - winter baselayer choices
December 23, 9:16am

Delaware too
You can add my home state, Delaware

In Chaff » Prayer request
December 22, 3:27pm

Loden vest
Paul, That's good news for you and bad news for me, as I now may have to buy a loden vest.

In GEAR » wool vest
December 22, 9:59am

6000 cubic inch pack
If you don't mind the weight Mystery Ranch is the best I've found for carrying heavy loads. I still have my BDSB, now called the Kodiak, for expeditions. It now comes in a 6000 ci version c...

In GEAR » 6000cubic inch bag
December 18, 10:50am

Brian, The thing to keep in mind about Nunatak is that the company is a custom shop. Tom (Halpin, the owner) regularly builds to suit - extra length or girth, down overfill, a differently configure...

In GEAR » Nunatak Bags
December 17, 12:14pm

OR and BD
Brett, I second Michael's endorsement of Outdoor Research, and add my own recommendation: Black Diamond. Like Michael I use gloves intended for skiing when it's really cold or wet. OR and ...

In GEAR » Looking for longer mitts and gloves
December 11, 8:06am

Down mat
If you are willing to add a few grams/ounces consider a down mat. My Exped DL7 adds twenty degrees F to any bag and my bag stays on top. Well worth the extra weight in my opinion (which appears to ...

In GEAR » which pad for 20 F
December 11, 7:53am

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