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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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Catalyst or Arctic Light
Larry, The Catalyst has about 10 liters more capacity (even more if you get a large or XL frame)than the AD's larger bag. I talked to Brian at ULA about the Arctic Dry and he said pretty much w...

In GEAR » Can anyone comment on the BPL Arctic Dry Pack?
May 22, 4:35pm

Larry, the Catalyst will carry 45 pounds with ease. Brian is simply being conservative with his ratings. Great pack!

In GEAR » ULA Catylist vs. Nimvus Meridean
May 22, 8:22am

Service trips in the Bob Marshall wilderness
Oh, and if any of you is feeling civic-minded and is interested in a service trip, many are listed at the Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation's website, www., and the trip I am leadi...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Bob Marshall Wilderness
May 21, 8:49am

MontBell ThunderDome 2
Chris, You might consider this tent as well. 4 lb and the easiest tent to set up I've ever used. Take a look at the reviews (one is mine) at Richard

In GEAR » Big Agnes Seedhouse SL 2 questions
May 21, 8:44am

Trips in the Bob Marshall wilderness
Michael, Each of the last five years I have led or participated in a service trip, doing trail maintenance in the Bob, and I've done many other great backpacks there. One of the best areas is ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Bob Marshall Wilderness
May 21, 8:40am

Quilts for couples
Rick, In my review of my Back Country Blanket, I gave the following one-sentence commentary on use of the BCB - which I really like as a bag for me - for a top quilt for coup...

In GEAR » Newbie needs advice on quilt vs bag
May 19, 11:09am

Sleeping bag and pad
Andrew, I have a Western Mountaineering Aspen (now called the Ponderosa), size long. It's many years old but well cared for. Nothing wrong with it; I have several other bags that I use more of...

In Gear Swap » WTB: Sleeping Bag and Sleeping pad
May 15, 8:16am

G3 El Hombre
I own a pair of Goode BC116 and they are indeed superlight and really float in the powder. Not so good on anything with a slick surface as they are so light it's impossible to get an edge. The ...

In GEAR » Long fat skis?
May 12, 8:06am

Wild Things Alpinist
Great choice. Be sure and let me know what you think. Did you go for XXL?

In GEAR » lightest eVent Jacket
May 08, 7:44am

Custom rod
I envy you - a rod built just to your specs! For small stream fishing and wary trout you can't beat the old Winston IM6 blanks. I think Winston calls them WT now. Slower action than most, and a...

In Fishing » Custom rod
May 08, 7:38am

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