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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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Rab V-Trail Smock
I absolutely love the Rab V-Trail smocks. I have a hooded and an unhooded version. The unhooded version has a trimmer fit. The hooded version has a deeper zipper, and generally, is more versatile. ...

In GEAR » DriClime Windshirt w/ Hood
June 08, 4:51am

Boy Scouts and Lightweight Backpacking
The purpose of this forum thread is to accompany today's article by Doug Prosser: Boy Scout Gear List: New Scouts, Three Seasons In particular, this forum should focus no...

In Editor's Roundtable » Boy Scouts and Lightweight Backpacking
June 08, 4:17am

Kelly Kettle
I have one, it's really neat, how efficient it actually works. Also, there's that whole Irish fisherman nostalgia which is extremely cool. For the weight, you have to pack it on a looong trip to...

In GEAR » Kelly kettle?
June 06, 12:02am

Sweet Spot: Gear Weight
This is a very interesting question. I've thought about it a lot. However, for me, I find that my sweet spot graph is exactly opposite of yours. When I'm out for a night, my food weight is lo...

In Philosophy & Technique » Sweet spot
June 05, 11:55pm

possumdown / allergies / asthma
I requested a company statement on this issue and here was their reply: "I have checked with our Managing Director and this has never come up before so we have never required a company statement...

In GEAR » Asthma and Possum Down Garments
June 05, 11:37pm

tying up hood in vapr bivy
Yes, it helps a lot. You can even overwhelm the breathability of the quantum and get condensation on the quantum top if the hood is not lifted and it's cold and/or humid and you are breathing in th...

In GEAR » BMW Vapor Bivy Condensation
June 02, 1:21pm

Tarp Shelter for Beginners
Jericho, For the most flexibility and fun, consider a flat tarp, 8' x 10' or similar size. Gives you lots of pitching options and remains light enough (14 oz in silnylon) to make your tent feel ...

In GEAR » Best Tarp Shelter
June 02, 1:39am

Extreme Gear List
You guys are studs. Keep it up! I wanna hear about your post trip experiences here!

In Gear Lists » Extreme Light Gear List... Try to make even lighter!
June 02, 1:29am

"floppy silicon muffin baking pan supporting a round-cut piece of cookie cooling rack"
Now there's a marketing nightmare but with outstanding potential among the ultralight hardcore...

In Make Your Own Gear » BPL MYOG Project: Open Jet Alcohol Stove
June 02, 1:25am

Steri-Pen efficacy
I'm fairly confident in the steri-pen's ability to kill bacteria. It seems to work well in controlled lab experiments we've done with planktonic suspensions. We are seeing some data where it los...

In GEAR » steri pen by hydro-photon
June 02, 1:22am

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