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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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Hilleberg in winter
Susan, As a very satisfied Unna owner I agree with the earlier comments on Hilleberg tents to a point. If all zippers are closed there will be significant condensation fro body heat at any temp...

In Philosophy & Technique » Shoulder/Winter tent advice
April 16, 8:53pm

MontBell jackets
Josh - Consider MontBell's Alpine Light or Frost Smoke. My Frostline (a men's-only product and boxy) has been a lifesaver this brutal winter in the Northern Rockies, and I have experience w...

In GEAR » parka for my wife
April 16, 8:04am

Fikkes flyrod trekking poles
I tried one of these out at an Outdoor Retailer demo day, and it cast very well. The only thing I'd worry about is damaging the rod if I accidentally leaned too hard on the pole.

In Fishing » Fikkes Fishing/Trekking Poles.
April 14, 7:55am

Quilt size
It depends on your sleeping habits and temperament, and the temperatures at which you'll be using the quilt. Width: I'm 6-4, broad-shouldered, and mildly claustrophobic. The only complai...

In GEAR » Sizing for someone new to quilts
April 11, 11:00am

Texas hiking
Another vote for Guadalupe NP, though it's closer to car camping than true backpacking because of a shortage of water. A decent overnight is Lost Maples State Park in the Hill Country. You'...

In Philosophy & Technique » Wild Camping in the US - advice for an Englishman, please!
April 10, 8:23am

Packrafting tips
Luke, Please accept this free advice from a packrafting novice who began when he lived in Texas. These are numbered in accordance with your questions. 1. Go bigger rather than smaller, and d...

In Packrafting » Packrafting Question
March 22, 5:05pm

Packrafting in Yellowstone
Update - The bill passed the House and is on its way to the Senate. American Whitewater, which originally asked Rep. Lummis to propose the bill, has withdrawn its support. The following quotation f...

In Packrafting » Packraft Relate Bill in US Senate
March 20, 3:26pm

Western Mountaineering
Sorry, Peter, I disagree with you on this one. One reason WM has been able to maintain its very high standards over many years is that it does NOT make everything over for the current flavor of the...

In GEAR » How useful is waterproof down in a sleeping bag?
March 17, 9:19pm

A few comments
Steve, Any Tarptent that meets your requirements ought to provide more than adequate shelter in Pennsylvania. The Appy Trails mentioned above got great reviews on BackpackGearTest.org A lowe...

In GEAR » Help decide on a shelter
March 12, 8:52pm

Packrafting in Yellowstone
The Park superintendent is adamantly opposed to the bill and several local (Montana/Wyoming) conservation organizations have opposed it as well. The NPS I can understand - full plate already and no...

In Packrafting » Packraft Relate Bill in US Senate
March 09, 8:28am

All Reader Reviews by Richard Lyon

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Mountain Equipment Co-op (Canada)
I like the MEC-branded stuff that I've bought. Prices for Canadian-made clothing are very low considering high quality and materials (check out their merino base layer items especially). Easy to ...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
June 14, 5:21pm

Patagonia Wool 2 Turtleneck
While I couldn't find a fabric weight on Patagonia's website, I think this is the lightest weight wool base layer I own. (I also have tops from Ibex and MEC and Skin 200 Leggings from Icebreak...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - WOOL
June 13, 2:19pm

Lazr NANO Titanium Tent Stakes
I love 'em - easy to drive in, very strong, and much lighter (and take up less room) than standard issue stakes on most tents. I used only these stakes on a high profile tent in a windy corner of ...

In Miscellaneous Products
February 16, 10:58am

ULA Catalyst
I'm just recently migrating to lighter loads and this pack saved just over four pounds over my regular expedition pack. Per ULA owner Brian Frankel, with the XL frame size my torso requires its ca...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
February 16, 10:48am

Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI)
Just list the positives: annual dividend; no shipping charges if you have it shipped to the store, big inventory, easy-to-navigate website, great clearance sales, very friendly to outdoor groups, no-q...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
January 02, 3:24pm

ULA Equipment
I like this company. I like Brian. I prefer dealing with small companies. I really like my new Catalyst. My only problems were service-related. After an order acknowledgment promising 1-2 weeks there ...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
January 02, 3:12pm

Nunatak SkahaPlus
I submitted a detailed report on the Skaha Plus to BackpackGearTest.org that I'll summarize here. I really like the simplicity of this sweater, and the kangaroo pocket is as good as zippered pockets f...

In Clothing - Insulating - Down
September 06, 10:02am

Jetboil Personal Cooking System
Unless I plan on catching fish the Jetboil is perfect for me - compact, reliable, and quick. The original rig is for boiling only and has a 500 ml/2 cup capacity, which limits its use to one person. ...

In Stoves - Canister
November 23, 8:02am