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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: Cleaning
I will take a 1 oz Spyderco Ladybug pocketknife to gut fish. In grizzly country, entrails go back into the body of water. Cooked waste (bones, etc.) get buried in a cathole.

In Editor's Roundtable » Backcountry Fishing, Lightweight Style
July 27, 1:19pm

Ryan's Fly Tackle
One thing that wasn't included in the Backpacking Fly Fisherman article was a summary of my typical tackle kit I took to a recent trek in the Yellowstone backcountry, to fish the Lamar Valley and C...

In Editor's Roundtable » Backcountry Fishing, Lightweight Style
July 26, 8:56pm

Washing a BMW Cocoon
John, click here and scroll down for care instructions: Cocoon Pullover Page

In GEAR » Washing BMW Cocoon Pullover
July 23, 6:27pm

Backcountry Fishing, Lightweight Style
Fly or Spin - got some ultralight techniques or gear to share? Fish stories? Photos? Tell us about it! This forum is a companion to the two part article series on ultralight fly fishing by Larry Tu...

In Editor's Roundtable » Backcountry Fishing, Lightweight Style
July 21, 1:46am

Re: Anti-Lightweight prejudice?
You find them in every crowd. In my seminars, there are always skeptics. The worst tend to be those with either vast amounts of experience so as to be entrenched in their ideals of safety, comfo...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Anti-Lightweight prejudice?
July 17, 4:32pm

Permithrin on Merino
All of my merino shirts are permithrin-treated when I hike in June and July, and I wouldn't have it any other way! With my wool shirt (which is my baselayer and hiking shirt, and almost never comes...

In GEAR » permethrin on merino wool shirts
July 14, 4:39pm

G5 weight limit
More power to you, but I couldn't do it. That's a lot of weight for little structural support. If you were canning all that weight early in the trip, and only had to carry more than 20 for a day or...

In GEAR » Weight limit on a Gossamer Gear G5
July 14, 4:34pm

Drop sizes
We haven't done drop size measurements on the MicroDrop bottles yet. But here's a tip to decrease the number of drops you need AND extend that tiny little bottle that much more: use less Aqua Mi...

In GEAR » steri pen by hydro-photon
July 11, 7:54am

Solo Tents: BPL "Alaska"
This ain't going to be an all time best tent, but, we do have a solo hooped tent that's going to production soon. Hoop tent (2 hoops), single wall, silnylon floor, epic canopy, big side door for vi...

In GEAR » All-Time Best Tent???
July 07, 8:21pm

Miox Chemistry & Efficacy
Please have a look at the current issue of Backpacking Light Magazine (Issue #2) for an in-depth research article about the efficacy of Miox vs. iodine tablets vs. chlorine dioxide solution (Aqua M...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Miox filtration system?
July 05, 5:25pm

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