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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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Thanks Dan! I've posted a few more pieces, check out what's new!

In On the Web » I done made me a blog
March 22, 7:23pm

Thanks y'all
Thanks for sharing your thoughts all. I leave tomorrow morning for an eight day back-country ski trip, may all of your new years also begin with adventure, some outdoor time and a continued engage...

In Philosophy & Technique » Is the wilderness or outdoors an escape or an engagement?
December 31, 9:06pm

Is the wilderness or outdoors an escape or an engagement?
I wrote this essay on wilderness/outdoors and wonder what you all think? is getting outside an escape from our other "reality" or an opportunity to engage more fully in our lives? htt...

In Philosophy & Technique » Is the wilderness or outdoors an escape or an engagement?
December 29, 10:34pm

Getting philosophical
Less about gear, more about the how of doing things:

In On the Web » I done made me a blog
December 28, 4:12pm

a little evening project
I built a relatively simple avy pouch to hold shovel, probe and saw onto a Hyperlite pack last night. Check it out on my blog:

In Make Your Own Gear » a little evening project
December 21, 10:47am

A little MYOG
Post on building a BC ski accessory for a test pack.

In On the Web » I done made me a blog
December 21, 10:04am

Review Of Ultralight BackPackin' Tips. and Initial impressions of some Hyperlite Mountain Gear stuff.. http://learningbydoing...

In On the Web » I done made me a blog
December 18, 5:43pm

I done made me a blog
With some lightweight stuff, some random outdoors stuff and a bunch of learning along the way. Check it out if you fancy...

In On the Web » I done made me a blog
December 05, 11:14pm

Delrin, the Peak and Kydex
I don't have my Peak in front of me right now, does it have the velcro to seal in or allow the foam "frame" to be removed like the Jam/pinnacle? if so, I would think that would be a ...

In Make Your Own Gear » DIY removable frame question.
November 10, 2:44pm

great article

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Frameless Backpacks State of the Market Report 2011
Part 2A – Technical Evaluation – Measurement of Pack Volume and Volume Reduction Capability

June 17, 1:22pm

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