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Ryan Jordan (ryan) - BPL Staff

My Locale Greater Yellowstone
About Me Backpacking Light Magazine Publisher and co-founder. My "home" backpacking areas are the national parks and wilderness areas of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. My own approach to ultralight backpacking currently focuses on reducing the number of items in my kit, to achieve simplicity and efficiency on the trail, and applying UL techniques and materials to long hikes w/o resupply.
CityBozeman
StateMontana
CountryUS
My Website URLhttp://www.ryanjordan.com/
My PDF Gear ListFall 2007 Absaroka Backbone

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The California Crest: a northbound mental map
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In Editor's Roundtable » The California Crest: a northbound mental map
June 16, 10:29pm

Refocusing
Hello Everyone, The vision of our forum community is to provide a safe and welcoming environment for participants that is encouraging and positive, where our participants (whether editors, guest...

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 18
June 11, 10:57am

Taking It Up a Notch: Camp Fire Teens Face the Weather at Guadalupe Mountains National Park
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In Editor's Roundtable » Taking It Up a Notch: Camp Fire Teens Face the Weather at Guadalupe Mountains National Park
June 09, 5:10pm

Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 18
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In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 18
June 09, 5:09pm

Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 15
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In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 15
April 29, 12:41am

Wow.
Kudos, Jeremy - what a spectacular project. Careful, thoughtful, thorough, intentional - and beautiful. This is a terrific contribution to the BPL community. Thank you.

In Editor's Roundtable » Making a 2-man Cuben Fiber Tent
April 28, 11:17pm

mariposa compression
The loops allow for good compression if you use a non-stretch cord. Something light (polypropylene cord) and thick (e.g., 3mm) is effective for this purpose. Thinner cords used for compression, esp...

In Editor's Roundtable » Guide's Gear Award No. 1: Gossamer Gear Mariposa Backpack
April 08, 3:46pm

Guide's Gear Award No. 1: Gossamer Gear Mariposa Backpack
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In Editor's Roundtable » Guide's Gear Award No. 1: Gossamer Gear Mariposa Backpack
April 07, 11:10pm

Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 9
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In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 9
February 18, 9:40pm

Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 9
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In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 9
February 18, 9:39pm

All Reader Reviews by Ryan Jordan

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Jolt Gum
You guys are rookies. Look at the times at which you are posting. I consumed four pieces of Jolt two hours ago and look at me, still going strong at 2 am. There is a weird flavor to it, but I ca...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
December 12, 1:51am

Mike Clelland! GOO Energy Gel
I've used Mike's, and made my own per his recipe. It's nasty. The color, I mean. Like a pukey green. But then again, that may very well provide some of its social appeal when hiking or skiing in...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
December 02, 10:46pm

Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI)
OK, I'm partial. I grew up in Seattle. For a kid who dreamed about the wilds endlessly, my Dad taking my family from our home in the burbs to Capitol Hill was a real treat for me. I have fond me...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
November 19, 1:11am

Complete Walker by Colin Fletcher
If you love to WALK and you haven't read this book then you are (1) not only missing out on a rite of passage that qualifies you to even claim that you're a backpacker, (2) but also ignoring what may ...

In Books and Media
November 15, 9:49pm

Black Diamond Winter Bivy
I have a few Epic bivies, one from Oware, one from BD (Lightsabre) and one from Bibler (this one, the Winter Bivy). They are both great in the summer, especially in rainy weather, where the Epic treat...

In Shelters - Bivy Sacks
November 15, 11:37am

ULA Equipment
I've known Brian Frankle for a few years. Recently, Brian made backpacks for us for the Arctic 1000 expedition. He was very attentive to our feedback, delivered on time, made adjustments as needed, an...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
November 13, 10:29pm

Six Moon Designs Essence
Welllll, I must say, I think PJ did a fine review above, but if you're looking for additional reading insight, I don't think I can follow up. I feel like the local coffee shop guitar player with a bad...

In Backpacks - Frameless
November 13, 9:26pm

ULA Equipment Relay
I love the Relay. It's my favorite pack for multi-day mountain running because it's so small (tucks into the lumbar) and shaped so well (hourglass) for running. Improvements could be made by adding...

In Backpacks - Frameless
November 13, 9:17pm

Montrail Vitesse
This is my go-to shoe for all of my longer unsupported/no resupply treks where I absolutely cannot have a shoe fail en route. I've worn through about six pair of Vitesse now, all of them had more t...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
November 13, 12:39am

Inov8 Mudclaw O'330
Far and away my absolute favorite light shoe for what the Brit's call "fell running" but what I might call "tundra" trekking. It's great in soft ground (tundra, mud) but abysmal on trails and slickroc...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
November 13, 12:33am