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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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Thanks, Rick. I've told Santa that I would REALLY like one for Christmas. Seriously, I am looking at safety standards for the volunteer trips I lead and this looks ideal. Our group can't af...

In GEAR » Axxon SPOT satellite messenger
November 29, 7:54am

Axxon SPOT satellite messenger
Does anyone know how to get one of these? The article at http://www.equipped.com/SPOT_ORSummer2007.htm indicates that Axxon started marketing November 1, but I can't find one even on Google.

In GEAR » Axxon SPOT satellite messenger
November 28, 3:14pm

More suggestions
Andrew, I really like my Hilleberg Unna for solo trips. I'm 6'4" and clautrophobic but the Unna's got plenty of room for me (no vestibule though). About 4 lb with titanium stakes. ...

In GEAR » BD Lighthouse in wet conditions
October 25, 7:51am

Test before you buy
It appears that a feather allergy doesn't always mean a down allergy - but sometimes it does. I had to ask a hotel to switch out a down comforter for synthetic after my girlfriend had a violent...

In GEAR » Sythetic Sleeping Bag & Down Allergies
October 12, 1:12pm

Fly Fishing stuff
Robert, I went through the string and didn't see any fishing gear. Have you posted it? I may be interested.

In Gear Swap » Gear, Gear, Gear!!!
September 26, 2:50pm

Ibex sizing
Eric, I'm just about same weight and height, and I definitely recommend that you size up to XL for the Ibex bottoms. Don't know why but Ibex tends to size small below the waist. XL tops ...

In GEAR » Merino Wool L/S Zip
June 13, 2:26pm

#-season bag
Aaron, if you are willing to pay a premium you might consider a Back Country Blanket from Nunatak Gear (www.nunatakusa.com). I reviewed this product at www.backpackgeartest.org (so to Sleep Gear/Qu...

In Gear Deals » 3-season bag suggestions
March 12, 12:13pm

ULA Catalyst
Greyson, I'm very pleased with my Catalyst and have encountered none of the reported problems with the shoulder straps. (I believe delivery of mine was delayed until Brian fixed the problem.) W...

In GEAR » The right pack for the job
January 26, 12:49pm

Re: Best lightweight winter tent?
I like my Hilleberg Unna for winter camping. It weighs a bit more than the Atko but has much more room inside. Hilleberg traded a vestibule for inside space. I'm 6'4" and can sit up e...

In Winter Hiking » Best lightweight winter tent?
January 08, 9:52am

Re: FS: 2 Alpacka Rafts
Bryce, I am interested in the Denali Llama. Could you contact me at rlyon@gibsondunn.com regarding shipping arrangements and costs? Richard

In Gear Swap » FS: 2 Alpacka Rafts
January 02, 11:57am

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