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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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Vapr Bivy Condensation
I'm not surprised at all with your condensation experience. I've experienced it on numerous occasions. I don't have to deal with extreme humidity here in the Rockies, but you get this when th...

In GEAR » BMW Vapor Bivy Condensation
June 02, 1:17am

BPL MYOG Project: Open Jet Alcohol Stove
The purpose of this forum thread is to complement the following Make Your Own Gear Project at Make Your Own Gear: Open Jet Alcohol Stove by BPL MYOG Editor Jay Ham.

In Make Your Own Gear » BPL MYOG Project: Open Jet Alcohol Stove
June 01, 2:28am

Extreme UL
I actually know of one case where a very well known ultralight proponent walked away from the house and into the wilderness naked as a jay bird and made it to Day 11. His comment: "not recommended".

In Editor's Roundtable » SuperUltraLight: For the Masses?
May 25, 10:50pm

staying dry in rain w/tarp-poncho
Two keys to this. 1. You need to be efficient and fast about pitching the tarp. 2. You need a water resistant wind shell to hold you over for a few minutes while erecting and/or adjusting you...

In Editor's Roundtable » SuperUltraLight: For the Masses?
May 25, 9:32pm

forum feedback
Thanks for the feedback. anything here is fair game, we are building these forums from the ground up, and are considering all the features you mention.

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » a few suggestions
May 25, 9:23pm

contacting other users
nope, not yet. best bet is to post on the forums and try to hook up. we'll be adding this feature in due time.

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » contacting other users
May 25, 9:22pm

SuperUltraLight: For the Masses?
Well, in spite of claiming that SUL is for the masses, I'd rather pose the question: is it no longer just for freaks? This forum is a companion discussion to's growing body ...

In Editor's Roundtable » SuperUltraLight: For the Masses?
May 25, 1:55am

Pre Order Info
We don't take pre-orders anymore until the production run has started. We are trying to be more confident on delivery dates. Generally, we're looking at targeting pre-orders 8-12 weeks before deliv...

In GEAR » 05 BMW products ??????
May 23, 2:03pm

Down vs. synthetic fill rate confusion
Sorry for the confusion! I hope this makes it more clear: The differences between down and polarguard are minimal at low fill rates. Thus, a 1" loft baffled down sleeping bag using 800 fill is v...

In GEAR » 05 BMW products ??????
May 21, 10:14pm

New Posts Since Last Visit
Passed on from the BPL Web Team: "There is a subtle, but new feature in the forums. If you visit the main forum index page, and the thread index page (the one you get when you click o...

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » New Posts Since Last Visit
May 21, 10:23am

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