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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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Bindings and boots
Velimir, To answer one of your questions,the difference between the Voile bindings you identify (and among all comparable three-pin bindings) is in fact the cable, which helps only on steeper de...

In Winter Hiking » Backcountry touring ski upgrade
September 08, 8:48pm

Ski boots
Velimir, Skis: The wider the ski the better it will handle powder. But wider skis are more unwieldy for touring. If you're climbing primarily for turns (as I often do) any good backcountry s...

In Winter Hiking » Backcountry touring ski upgrade
September 05, 8:14am

Down jacket/sweater
Matthew, I have owned three on your short list, the two MontBells and the Patagonia. I give very high marks to the MontBell UL Down Parka and Patagonia Down Hoody as excellent midlayers that can...

In GEAR » Down jackets. Help me finally choose.
September 02, 1:55pm

Nunatak Skaha Plus
I got mine several years ago, in Epic, and haven't lost a feather. Great garment. I have a few Nunatak quilts in lighter fabrics that leak a bit, but nothing to worry about. I'd conta...

In GEAR » Nunatak Skaha Plus???
August 29, 8:30pm

Great photos
Megan, Keep posting your photos. These are great! Richard

In Photography » Small, Lightweight, DO EVERYTHING including time-lapse and astrophotography, camera.
July 27, 8:18pm

You're right - too many
After donating a few to the Forest Service or giving to my niece's family, I still own - WM Sequoia Feathered Friends Great Auk Nunatak Arc Ghost Nunatak Arc Alpinist Two Nunatak Back Co...

In GEAR » How many sleeping bags do you own?
July 10, 9:21am

Fish in the backcountry
Jerry, you're right. Fish tastes much better roasted in foil or pan-fried. Both of these can be done with a canister stove - usually allowed in fire-interdicted areas - with a Jetboil Fry Pan o...

In GEAR » How to cook fish without a fire: steaming or grilling with Sidewinder setup?
June 16, 9:47pm

Post-hike cleanup
Try the hostel in Jackson Hole - http://www.thehostel.us Or motels between the Winds and Jackson. Hostels are not as common in the US as in Europe or South America. Jackson Hole, the nearest ai...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Cheap motel or hostel or place with a shower (campground) near the Wind River Range (preferably Pinedal area)?
June 14, 8:40pm

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In Gear Swap » FS - women's Ibex 260 zip tee
June 12, 2:36pm

APA Roundup
Is this an annual event? I'll be in Ireland on business this July 11, but if it's done regularly I definitely will put it on my calendar. Richard

In Packrafting » APA Packraft Roundup, July 11-13
June 10, 7:30am

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