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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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Down w/WPB Shells or Synthetic Insulation for Jackets/Bags
...and single wall vs. double wall. OK, complicated systems, these winter clothing-sleep-shelter systems can be. This thread is motivated by two different philosophies that are somewhat motiv...

In GEAR » Down w/WPB Shells or Synthetic Insulation?
December 27, 5:10pm

Coleman Xtreme vs. XGK vs. Simmerlite
OK, I'm giving more serious thought into this Coleman gig, but I still don't have my hands on one. Maybe I will try to walk down to at lunch tomorrow and snag one! (They are only a ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Winter Stoves?
December 27, 4:53pm

Winter Clothing System Response
For colder conditions, where I'm not expecting temperatures to get above 20 °F, I prefer something like system B. Breathability is king in very cold conditions in order to maintain your microclima...

In GEAR » Winter Clothing Systems Question
December 27, 12:02pm

Legacy Posts @ G Spot Closed
This thread (legacy posts) is now closed. Please post new gear-related questions as New Threads in the G Spot Forum. I have moved the last post (Richard Nelridge) to a new thread in the G-Spot F...

December 27, 11:51am

Book: Yak Butter Blues Join the Wilsons and their Tibetan horse as they become the first Western couple to trek 1000-kilometers from Lhasa to Kathmandu. A raw tale of human endurance...

In On the Web » Yak Butter Blues
December 27, 10:39am

tent stakes for snow/ice
For those conditions I'd recommend MSR Blizzard stakes. 0.85 oz each and work great in wet/icy snow. In glacial ice you may need a hammer to pound them in, and if they ice is really hard (aged or m...

In GEAR » Tent stakes for alpine usage
December 23, 1:13pm

Coleman Xtreme for Melting Snow?
Mike - how much fuel do you use for melting snow with the Xtreme, and how long does it take? To melt a minimum of 4L from snow (and boil it) with my XGK, I go through about 6 oz of fuel per day,...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Winter Stoves?
December 20, 10:17pm

ultralight fishing rod and reel
Chuck: the stream rods we are carrying are going to be five feet in length - a great length for bushy streams whether you have a fly rod or spinning reel. I've used a spinning reel on my prototype ...

In Fishing » Lightweight rod and reel
December 20, 5:14pm

Ultralight Fly Fishing Setup
Meir, For most of my backcountry fly fishing in Yellowstone, I use a 3 wt 8.5 ft 5 piece Stowaway Rod (Cabela's) which is in the $100 to $130 range I think, and as far as lightweight 5 pc rods g...

In Fishing » Lightweight rod and reel
December 20, 3:27pm

light rack for alpine climbing
Selection of a rack depends on five things for me and is nearly always route dependent: 1. Type of route (rock, ice, snow, mixed) 2. Condition of route (dry, frozen, winter, etc) 3. My level o...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » lightweight rack
December 18, 11:36am

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