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Ryan Hutchins (ryan_hutchins) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Somewhere out there
About Me I've been hiking since I could walk and grew up in NH hiking in the white mountains. For 15 years I have been working in Outdoor Education, and for the last 10 years I have been an Instructor for NOLS - the National Outdoor Leadership School. I am currently helping to develop the lightweight program at the school.
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All Forum Posts by Ryan Hutchins

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Re: More questions about pics
haha, I'm only a cog in the greater machine. I was just up in AK this summer and got to go out on the sound for a day, was that were your course was? Beautiful out there! Most of these sh...

In Post-Trip Reports » NOLS Lightweight Backpacking 7/20-8/2/08
August 08, 9:25am

Love that trail
One of my favorites. And I love hiking in the cool mist of new england, still enjoy it when it happens to me out here in the rockies too. My favorite weather to hike in.

In Photo Gallery » Bondcliff trail in NH
August 07, 9:52pm

PM Malfunction
Yes, I just tried to reply to the PM email On Aug 7, 2008, at 7:16 AM, wrote: This is an automated message to notify you of a new PM from _____________ at Back...

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » PM Malfunction?
August 07, 9:41pm

Re: Camera Kit
No, not a light camera, but we are trying to get some good shots for the NOLS catalog. Amusingly bulky as well, but that kept it accessible too. I'm currently researching small hi-res cameras ...

In Post-Trip Reports » NOLS Lightweight Backpacking 7/20-8/2/08
August 07, 5:00pm

Re: Thanks for sharing...
Hi Chris, the camera is a Nikon D80 10.2 MP DSLR. The lens is a Tamron 28-80 f3.5. Not the greatest lens but lightr and a good range, especially for the vistas. I have to admit to cropping t...

In Post-Trip Reports » NOLS Lightweight Backpacking 7/20-8/2/08
August 07, 10:15am

NOLS Lightweight Backpacking 7/20-8/2/08
So back to the story... We hiked from Dad's lake in two smaller groups with students navigating in the high alpine tundra and barren rock of Shale mountain. One group climbed over Shale ...

In Post-Trip Reports » NOLS Lightweight Backpacking 7/20-8/2/08
August 06, 7:24pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: NOLS Lightweight Backpacking 7/20-8/2/08
I noticed that too Roger, but I put it in the way it was suggested and that is what happened. I'm pretty happy with myself for posting pics inline. I admittedly struggle a bit w/ the BPL foru...

In Post-Trip Reports » NOLS Lightweight Backpacking 7/20-8/2/08
August 06, 7:06pm

Re: Re: Re: NOLS Lightweight Backpacking 7/20-8/2/08
Edit: fixed link above Also for more info on NOLS lightweight courses NOLS Rocky Mountain lightweight course description NOLS SW lightweight course description

In Post-Trip Reports » NOLS Lightweight Backpacking 7/20-8/2/08
August 06, 10:06am

NOLS Lightweight Backpacking 7/20-8/2/08
Thanks All, This trip was fantastic. I'll do a quick wrap up of the last couple days as soon as I hunt down some pictures from students, it seems after 850 shots Janeen and i slacked a litt...

In Post-Trip Reports » NOLS Lightweight Backpacking 7/20-8/2/08
August 06, 10:03am

Re: Re: NOLS Lightweight Backpacking 7/20-8/2/08
Thanks Tom, it was an awesome trip with incredible weather and excellent folks. You are correct that clicking on the images brings you to the flickr pages, just easier to narrate that way, plus, ...

In Post-Trip Reports » NOLS Lightweight Backpacking 7/20-8/2/08
August 06, 1:08am

All Reader Reviews by Ryan Hutchins

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Lighten Up! by Don Ladigin
This is the first resource I hand folks when teaching about lightweight backpacking skills. It provides insights and entertainment, while allowing space to make decisions, which I believe to be integ...

In Books and Media
October 03, 1:17pm
I just got off the phone W/ Karen from BPL Customer service. She was really helpful in helping me out w/ a leaky torso-lite. She was quick to return my initial call (even though I missed her return ...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
May 21, 11:25am

Bozeman Mountain Works Torsolite Pad
I have about 4 weeks of camping with this pad under my back at night. It is pretty comfortable. I like the 1" thickness and the small packed size. Having said that, I'm a pretty big fella ...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
February 20, 5:32pm

Petzl e+LITE
Overall I like the E-Lite as a versatile headlamp. The small size and weight are awesome. I agree the switch could be better, but I like that it basically locks when off so it can't be turned on ...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
November 11, 8:19pm

GoLite Hut 1
I have used the GoLite Hut 1 on a number of trips now both short and extended. The longest was a twelve day trip this summer. I encountered heavy rain for 11 out of twelve days of that trip. The ...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
November 11, 7:52pm

Montrail Hardrock
I just picked up a pair of hardrocks for a 12 day trip into the Absoroka mountains of Wyoming. The trip was short notice so I had zero miles on these shoes prior to heading out. The shoes held up w...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
August 05, 8:50pm

Antigravity Gear .4 oz pepsi style alcohol stove I used this stove briefly - over 5 days in the Idaho back country during the summer. the stove is incredibly light and simple to use. I f...

In Stoves - Alcohol
June 29, 11:36am

Mont Bell
I returned a VERY old pair of MontBell gore-tex rainpant to the store in Boulder while living there. The Gore-tex was delaminating. I had cut all the tags out of the pants and they were seriously ha...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
April 12, 1:19pm

GU Energy Gel
I really like GU (flavor dependant of course)! I have used it on mountaineering routes and backcountry skiing as well as road biking. I have found that it can work for sustained energy if you keep...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
April 12, 1:09pm

Petzl Tikka
I have used a number of tikka headlamps since they came out, from the original to the plus. They work well and are, in my opinion, the new classic, much as the behemouth old school petzl headlamps we...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
April 12, 12:56pm