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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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BMW Rapture Photo
OK, did find a Rapture photo. This is an early prototype, but the basic design is unchanged. Again, this photo doesn't show a pack with the stays in it, so it suffers a little from shapelessness an...

In GEAR » Tough but light backpack?
May 01, 5:10pm

BMW Ptarmigan Photo
This is the best I can give you right now. I don't have any other decent shots. This is the BMW Ptarmigan. This particular pack doesn't have stays in it, so it looks a little unshaped like the t...

In GEAR » Tough but light backpack?
May 01, 4:58pm

Light, Tough Pack: BMW
Bozeman Mountain Works has a new line of backpacks in development, we've talked a little about them in the past and will probably release the first of them this summer. We are still tweaking sizes ...

In GEAR » Tough but light backpack?
April 28, 8:01pm

Philmont Gear List @ BPL
We have it on our editorial calendar to release a Philmont Gear list here as well. It's been tentatively scheduled for publication during the last week of May/first week of June.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Philmont Summer 2006 -
April 28, 7:47pm

Origami snaps
yours have snaps??!!! I must have defects... Ryan

In Photo Gallery » How to use photo posting features in the forums
April 25, 3:04pm

Sand on Silnylon
I think it's a combo of both static electricity and the stickiness of silnylon. Fresh silnylon can generate quite a bit of static pretty easily. The static in turn attracts dust etc. which reduc...

In Philosophy & Technique » Keeping a sil-nylon poncho/tarp clean
April 25, 2:49am

Origami Mess Kits
I like the innovation of these mess kits, but I'm having trouble maintaining a crease on the plastic and keeping them all together - is there a trick?

In Photo Gallery » How to use photo posting features in the forums
April 25, 2:46am

Philmont & Tarps
I haven't been to Philmont since 1986 but we used our own tarps then - actually, solo sized tarps made of 2.4 oz nylon that of course, served as ponchos! I don't know if they will let that fly t...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Philmont Summer 2006 -
April 25, 2:45am

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

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