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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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Windshirt/rain jacket
You might consider a Wild Things Epic windshirt. Not totally waterproof but will work OK for the occasional shower. Between your choices I'd go with eVENT any day, and I've heard good thing...

In GEAR » Rain/Wind Coat Advice
June 11, 10:12am

Backcountry Fly Fishing
BPL has two excellent articles on fly fishing in the backcountry, by Ryan Jordan and Larry Tullis. Much of what's in those articles can be adapted to spin fishing. Just enter "fly fishing&...

In GEAR » Lightweight Fishing
June 11, 10:08am

No vestibule
While I own a couple of tents with vestibules I usually choose one without one. I'm usually camping in the Northern Rockies, grizzly country, and wouldn't think of cooking that close to the...

In GEAR » No Vestibule - what to do?
May 30, 7:58am

Pictures of MontBell tents
Art, is just starting a Test Series for the Crescent 2 and the initial reports are just going up. You'll find many useful pictures, and useful commentary, there. We just...

In GEAR » Montbell Crescent 2 Review
May 30, 7:48am

Don't know about this model's breathability but $24 is reasonable for any Tilley hat in good condition

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Tilley Hat
May 27, 2:47pm

Patagonia Wool 2
Don't forget Patagucci. Though late to the party I've found the Wool 2 to be the lightest weight, most breathable merino base layer. I'm also a big Ibex fan - slightly heavier but reall...

In GEAR » Merino wool baselayer - which one?
May 26, 1:33pm

Tilley TH5
Try a hemp Tilley. The TH5 breathes very well. Any hat will heat up your head but this one breathes better than any other full-brimmed hat I've tried. Tilley also makes hats with vents, called ...

In GEAR » Tilley hat - which one?
May 26, 1:29pm

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

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