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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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My PDF Gear ListFall 2007 Absaroka Backbone

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All Forum Posts by Ryan Jordan

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Bill Fornshell's Pack
Bill, thanks a million for posting the awesome photos! The pack has really evolved. What great dedication you have to see the project through - and I'm sure it's not actually through!

In Make Your Own Gear » Ultra-Light External Frame Pack
April 25, 2:43am

Marmot Temperature Ratings
I'd have to agree, based on my own personal experience, that the Pounder is pretty optimistic, but the Hydrogen's rating more accurately reflects comfort along the range of high end bags on the mar...

In GEAR » Ultralight sleeping bag
April 25, 2:41am

Cust Serv Updates #2
I believe that all outstanding customer support requests have been addressed as of this morning, including those that were posted on the forums. Last week we made the decision to invest into the...

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » Order Status Frustration
April 25, 2:39am

Cust Serv Status
Thanks everyone for your comments. We are working to get caught up ASAP. Please give me an opportunity to offer an explanation. First, as was previously mentioned, our support server went down a...

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » Order Status Frustration
April 24, 10:46pm

Pertex Dynasty Slipping Away or Just Regrouping?
This forum was created in response to the editorial about Perseverance Mills filing "Chapter 11" (e.g., called "Going Concern" in the UK): Perseverance Mills' Perseverance Loses Weight: Is the P...

In Editor's Roundtable » Pertex Dynasty Slipping Away or Just Regrouping?
April 15, 12:40am

Energy Bars
This forum thread was created in response to the new article released at on April 12: First Annual Energy Bar Test So, the topics du jour for this thread includes: You...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Energy Bars
April 12, 10:22pm

Medaglia D'oro
Medaglia D'oro is the official coffee - in both instant and ground variants over here at BPL HQ in Bozeman, and it's also my coffee du jour for the backcountry these days. Nescafe also makes som...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Camp Coffee
April 07, 12:42am

Empty Anonymous Branches
You bet, can you let me know where those branches are and we'll try to debug and get rid of them, and prevent them from happening again.

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » Question
April 01, 9:31pm

html markup
The opening bracket does not appear in bob's post above, although he did enter it, because html was not turned on for the forum admin/support forum, and the forum text filtering routing did somethi...

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » HOWTO: HTML in Forum Postings
March 26, 7:44am

SpinFOLD redesign
Long term durability: the old design was great for occasional use in the backpack, but its aesthetics and edges didn't hold up to long term everyday use. It's great to save weight, least f...

In GEAR » SpinFOLD wallet redesign -- why??
March 23, 2:12am

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