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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.
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All Forum Posts by Ryan Jordan

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Re: Rainier Gear List?
David, Emmons makes for a nice acclimatization route - night 1 at Glacier Basin night 2 at Schurman For August on rainier, my clothing: smartwool lightweight zip-t marmot driclime wind s...

In GEAR » Rainier gear list?
August 08, 8:34pm

Hey DJ Get to Work
What is staff doing hanging out in chaff? ;) Agree, that's a good tale!

In Chaff » totally off topic
August 08, 11:05am

Seam Sealing SpinTarps
Regardless of what brand you settle on, I encourage you to seal the seams. The seam strength of the ridgeline on the BMW Stealth Tarps is already pretty good. Seal that for water resistance. Set...

In GEAR » Oware Tarp VS. Bozeman Tarp?
August 07, 9:23pm

Montrail Vitesse vs. Hard Rock
Well, I never thought I'd say it as a years-long Vitesse fan but I think Montrail has created a superior shoe in the Hardrock. I am extremely disappointed by the narrower footbox, but that has m...

In GEAR » Montrail Vitesse vs. Montrail Hard Rock
August 07, 5:54pm

Canister Stove Fuel Leaks
I've experienced leaks when the stove is not screwed tightly on the canister. It can range from a rapid hiss to a slow, imperceptible bleed. The latter is the worst because you don't know it's happ...

In GEAR » cannister stove fuel leak?
August 07, 5:39pm

GigaPower & Other Canister Stoves
Great thread, with good stove comments. Canister stove technical questions are probably among the most popular category of gear questions our customer support staff receives. I'd encourage an...

In GEAR » cannister stove fuel leak?
August 07, 5:37pm

usps tyvek envelopes: THE EASY SOLUTION
What are you guys moralizing about? I have the perfect solution. I think TYVEK envelopes are SO useful, that we've mandated virtually every shipment from less than one po...

In Make Your Own Gear » Good use for Tyvek from Post Office Envelopes?
August 06, 11:56am

Re: Rainier gear list?
David: how many people are you going with / what routes are you considering / where do you plan to base camp?

In GEAR » Rainier gear list?
August 05, 6:27pm

Unishelter & Bivies as Insulation
Paul, love your shelter system. "But it could be lighter!" Yeah, yeah, I hear (say) that all the time. But the fact remains you have a pretty killer setup for foul conditions at a very good w...

In GEAR » Bivies and insulation ability
August 05, 3:04pm

Ultralight in Ultra-Foul Conditions?
Think: steady winds in excess of 30 mph, lots of snow or sideways blowing rain, above treeline or otherwise exposed. Do you reeeeeally need a Bomber Tent? Whether your answer is yes or no, what's y...

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight in Ultra-Foul Conditions?
August 04, 12:09am

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