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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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Two more cents' worth
A few more suggestions for you, all using the three fine manufacturers recommended above. - A semi-rec or rectangular bag with a coupler. Western Mountaineering makes one that's great with i...

In Gear Swap » WTB : sleeping bag / quilt for two
October 14, 10:29am

Yellowstone hikes
The Black Canyon of the Yellowstone is a great (and easy) three or four day hike. You could combine it with the Hellroaring Loop from the Hellroaring trailhead in YNP, into the Absarokas, and then ...

In Post-Trip Reports » Yellowstone in July - HELP
October 04, 9:19pm

Westcomb dealers
James, you might try the Valhalla shops in Canada; some are listed on Westcomb's website. I first saw a Westcomb jacket at the Valhalla in Nelson BC last winter: Valhalla Pure - Nelson, 624 Bak...

In GEAR » Anyone know where I can buy an XXL Westcomb Specter LT?
September 24, 9:01am

Warmlite recommendations
Stephen, My Warmlite has worked well in all seasons. Whether you decide on 2R or 2C depends on your intended usage; the 2R is spacious for two plus gear and if you really count the ounces probably...

In GEAR » Stephenson Warmlite
September 21, 8:24am

Alternate suggestion
Jay, If you're willing to add a few ounces you might consider a Nunatak Back Country Blanket, the most versatile bag I've ever owned. I am a very cold sleeper and so ordered 6 oz overfill a...

In GEAR » Nunatak Arc?
September 17, 7:40am

Four season tent
If you do get a Warmlite, be sure to order the windows if you plan to use it in warmer weather unless you like sauna-like conditions. With the windows though it truly works well in all four seasons...

In GEAR » Looking for Lightweight Tent...
September 12, 3:33pm end of summer sale
Got an email this morning and a very quick browse of the site indicated some good deals. Runs through Sept 3

In Gear Deals » end of summer sale
August 21, 8:17am

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

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