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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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Westcomb and Wild Things
James, Nothing but great things to say about my Westcomb Mirage SE (see my earlier post). My XL is true to size and a perfect fit for me (6'4", 200 pounds, 22.5 inch torso, 46 in chest). ...

In GEAR » lightest eVent Jacket
May 04, 7:47am

ULA Rain Mitts
I reviewed the ULA Rain Mitts for I (and the other testers) thought they were great - breathe well, keep the bugs off, waterproof, lightweight, and only $20.

In GEAR » Rain mitts/ gloves: ideas?
April 28, 7:57am

Hiking near Missoula
Erik, There's a great day hike/backpack option from the Holland Lake trailhead about 90 minutes from Missoula. From Milltown (just east of Missoula), follow Route 200 east to a well-marked jun...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Looking for hikes in Montana and Washington
April 28, 7:53am

Torres pictures
Thank you, Ryan, you've given me one more reason to return! Wonderful pictures. We didn't have Valle de Silencio on our itinerary but it definitely will be next time. Hopefully I can get to...

In Gear Lists » Patagonia Torres del Paine - Gearlist
April 27, 7:54am

Stephenson Warmlite 2R
You might try a Warmlite 2R - big enough for 2, 3 pounds with windows, 2 lb 12 oz without. A hybrid single wall (at the ends)/ double wall (in the middle).

In GEAR » favorite 1 & 2 person tents
April 25, 12:13pm

Steve, For an extra ounce and $40 you can get the Skaha with a kangaroo pocket. I have a Skaha sweater with a pocket and I like it better than handwarmer pockets. Richard

In GEAR » Warmer: SKAHA Vest or Helios Vest
April 25, 12:04pm

Torres del Paine
Steve, it's been eight years since I did the Paine Circuit, so I don't have a complete gear list, but I can give some suggestions: The winds are incessant and often ferocious. Most of the ...

In Gear Lists » Patagonia Torres del Paine - Gearlist
April 25, 10:17am

Another vote for Westcomb
I haven't weighed my Westcomb Mirage buts it's extremely light. I have a "special edition" that Westcomb made for, on which the pit zips, powder skirt, sleeve pock...

In GEAR » lightest eVent Jacket
April 22, 12:04pm

Coleman Packaway
You might try the Coleman Packaway Lantern, at 8 oz reasonably light and it packs really small. You can read about it at

In GEAR » Backpacking lantern?
April 22, 11:51am

Wool washing choices
Most of my base layers and midlayers are now merino, so I often have some wool to wash. My rules: 1. Use a non-detergent soap - Atsko Sport-Wash, Woolite, Ivory Flakes have all worked well for me...

In GEAR » Washing your clothing such as icebreaker/patagonia/smartwool, any special detergent or just good old Tide
April 02, 4:48pm

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