Subscribe Contribute Advertise Facebook Twitter Instagram Forums Newsletter

BPL Community Profile

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.
My Website URL
My PDF Gear ListSW Institutional Winter

You cannot send this user a personal message (PM) because they have not specified a PM email address yet.

All Forum Posts by Ryan Hutchins

Showing 91 - 100 of 175 | Page: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18


Forum » Thread

Re: Nice
Douglas, we have one in the southwest - a lightweight backpacking trip in the Gila range. Check out for dates or PM me for other options or info. These lightweight backpacking trips are ...

In Post-Trip Reports » NOLS Lightweight Backpacking 7/20-8/2/08
August 06, 1:03am

NOLS Lightweight Backpacking 7/20-8/2/08
Having only four more days left of the course, we broke our travel into what we thought would be two mid length days and a short day at the end. We traveled up to Gunsight pass from the roaring fo...

In Post-Trip Reports » NOLS Lightweight Backpacking 7/20-8/2/08
August 05, 4:14pm

NOLS Lightweight Backpacking 7/20-8/2/08
The next day, we continued past Upper Jean Lake, towards Stroud Peak. We hoped to climb Stroud in the morning and continue on a number of miles, over Shannon pass to find a place to camp bey...

In Post-Trip Reports » NOLS Lightweight Backpacking 7/20-8/2/08
August 05, 4:02pm

NOLS Lightweight Backpacking 7/20-8/2/08
After camping at cook lakes and doing some fishing in the evening, where Kate, one of the students caught her first fish on fly gear, one of our members decided to be evacuated due to a tweeked kne...

In Post-Trip Reports » NOLS Lightweight Backpacking 7/20-8/2/08
August 05, 3:12pm

NOLS Lightweight Backpacking 7/20-8/2/08
The day before we reached the cook lakes, we climbed 3 passes to reach Angel basin. After the first, we contoured around Timico lake keeping it below us. Only two to go... This is coming up...

In Post-Trip Reports » NOLS Lightweight Backpacking 7/20-8/2/08
August 05, 2:53pm

NOLS Lightweight Backpacking 7/20-8/2/08
I just got back from a great trip into the winds. This greeted us the first night in the mountains We went in at Boulder lake Wy into the wind river range. Eight students and two instruct...

In Post-Trip Reports » NOLS Lightweight Backpacking 7/20-8/2/08
August 04, 7:27pm

re:photo test
testing too.... [img][img] and 3rd times a charm?...

In User Test Forum » photo test
August 04, 7:06pm

Re: Ultralight NOLS?
Hugh, The lightweight philosophy is permeating deeply into the NOLS world, there are a couple podcasts on BPL with threads discussing the influence. As Mike mentions, the Lightweight Backpacking ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Decision-Making and the Lightweight Pack
June 22, 5:08pm

which pot to choose for two
I have used both the vargo .9 and the 1.3 for 2 people w/ caldera cones. I think it ultimately depends on what your food system is and the qty. that you will be hydrating. I find the .9 good for ...

In GEAR » Which pot to choose for two?
June 07, 10:53am

podcast: NOLS and the 40 pound initiative
NOLS SW will be sending courses out w/ 40 pound packs in the fall and spring (our operating season) to continue the trend of lightening up. Of course we will also continue to encourage folks to go...

In Editor's Roundtable » Podcast: NOLS and the 40 Pound Initiative
June 03, 1:28pm

All Reader Reviews by Ryan Hutchins

Showing 1 - 10 of 15 | Page: 1 2



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