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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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Tall sizes
Two more cents' woth - I'm 6-4, 200 lb, 46XL suit size, 37 in sleeve; my biggest problem is finding upper body gear that's long enough in the torso and sleeves but not a tent in the wai...

In GEAR » help sizing for tall/skinny people
June 25, 10:20am

Down top for sleep system
Mike, Any chance you can experiment before buying? For me it's easy - I'm a very cold sleeper and I need the Skaha Plus anytime it goes much below freezing, even with my overstuffed Back Co...

In GEAR » Down jacket in sleeping system
June 24, 4:58pm

ULA domain name
Here's what I just received from Brian: "Thanks for the heads up. The site will be back up today. My apologies for the inconvenience..."

In GEAR » Hey Brian -- What Happened to ULA Website?
June 23, 10:28am

Domain name
There's quite an industry of grabbing expired domain names and either holding them for ransom or taking advantage of the publicity the domain name achieved under its proper owner. There is a pr...

In GEAR » Hey Brian -- What Happened to ULA Website?
June 23, 7:30am

Patagonia weight
Tom, see Men's Wool 2 is 111g/m2, women's 125.

In GEAR » Wool weight
June 20, 3:47pm

Insulation layer
Andrew, you might consider the MontBell Down Inner line - vest, jacket, parka. Lightweight and highly compressible alternative to fleece. Don't get it wet though. Cheers, Richard

In GEAR » Softshell user needs advice
June 18, 9:48am

I'm a bourbon man myself, and I often try to get a bit of flyfishing in after dinner, otherwise I agree completely. Brightens up a miserable day or is the perfect cap on a glorious backcountry ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » What Is Your Favorite Thing To Do In Camp At The End Of The Day
June 18, 9:45am

Most comfortable wool base layers
I've found Patagonia Wool 2 and Ibex to be the softest and most comfortable wool base layers, with Icebreaker close behind. Patagonia just released the weight of its wool base layer fabrics, an...

In GEAR » Wool weight
June 16, 5:35pm

Silk problems
Silk works well as an insulator. It is lightweight so I'll bet its warmth-to-weight ratio is great. It's also very stout, probably more durable than wool. But it is IMPOSSIBLE to clean, ev...

In GEAR » Silk as a baselayer?
June 16, 5:24pm

Warm not hot air
Richard, you are right that it can be overdone. I should have mentioned that I keep the blower on "warm." J J, definitely you are not only one who's forgotten to check that only o...

In GEAR » Question for Exped Downmat owners
June 15, 8:53am

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