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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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Yellowstone in October
Most of the Park is seriously nice country, and October is a great time to see it. Snow is defintitely possible but so is fine fall weather. That's what I had last September along the Bechler R...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Ideas/beta/partner for Yellowstone fall trip
August 11, 7:05am

Ashley, The photos accompanying my review of the Catalyst at

In GEAR » got pics of your ULA circuit / catalyst?
July 25, 11:11am

Hilleberg Unna
It's not SUL but for taller campers (I'm 6'4") who want a truly weather-worthy tent the Unna is a great choice. With BPL stakes (and a tulle panel added by the previous owner) mine...

In GEAR » ultimate double wall tent
July 14, 6:54am

BCB for two
John, To answer your original question #2 I quote from my review of the BCB for BackpackGearTest - "As a two-person quilt the Blanket is satisfactory if the users are close friends neither of ...

In GEAR » Nunatak for couples
July 05, 8:26am

Restoring DWR
The best product I've found for restoring DWR is Atsko Water Guard, available at or private labeled as Penguin. But ReviveX is a close second. Clean it with non-detergent soap (...

In GEAR » How to Restore DWR
July 03, 7:33am

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PM on a prospect sent. Richard

In Gear Swap » WTB: 5-6 person dome tent
June 30, 9:41am

Kifaru stove
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In Gear Swap » Gear For Sale-Inov-8, Chaco, Mont-bell & more
June 26, 8:12am

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

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