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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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Alpha SL
Yes, you're right - my typo. The above post has been edited and is now correct.

In GEAR » Followup: Integral Designs eVENT Jacket
December 15, 1:05pm

Followup: Integral Designs eVENT Jacket
As a followup to our recent review of the Integral Designs eVENT Rain Jacket, I wanted to post some longer term impressions. I've been using the jacket this winter, primarily as a mountaineering...

In GEAR » Followup: Integral Designs eVENT Jacket
December 15, 11:16am

Ultralight Digital Camera
I was a longtime fan of the little Minolta Dimage X for its supreme pocketability, then upgraded to an Olympus Stylus Epic 400 for its water resistance and better optics, and I now have a Pentax Op...

In GEAR » Lightweight Digital Cameras
December 13, 11:18pm

Why a hood on a wind shirt?
John: I like hooded wind shirts if it is going to be my last outer shell in lieu of a hooded rain jacket. The hood goes a long way at sealing in heat and keeping high winds from cooling you. Pair a...

In Philosophy & Technique » soft-shell use with a UL wind jacket
December 13, 10:36am

How about dropping some cal's?
OK. Try this on for size. This won't be a forum for your average long distance hiker, BUT coming from an alpine climbing background, at least consider this. Save food weight by dropping calories...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » LIGHTERweight Food/Nutrition?
December 13, 12:19am

wind shirt over a soft shell?
Colin GREAT question. I've been experimenting with this system all winter (winter comes early in MT) and it's a fantastic combo. I'm using a Rab Vapor Trail Smock, which has a wicking lining (mi...

In Philosophy & Technique » soft-shell use with a UL wind jacket
December 13, 12:12am

washing a down bag/DWR application
Zane - yes, you're right. Don't add the DWR until the first dry cycle is done. Then, spray the DWR (if you are using Revivex, haven't done this with other types) on the shell until the shell is wet...

December 12, 11:58pm

28g carabiner - Camp Nanowire
The 37g BD Neutrino is now pretty much been kicked off its kilter as the lightest wiregate. If you are looking for ultralight wiregate carabiners, try the Trango Superfly - 30g, and (coming Marc...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » New Carabiner Weighs 28 g
December 11, 2:02pm

image links now available in all forums
Please see above for info on how to link to an image. Images can now be included with posts in all forums.

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » HOWTO: HTML in Forum Postings
December 11, 2:00pm

GPS Use in Context
Generally, GPS's have been little more than a crutch for me. If your map and compass skills are sound - and your compass/map are handy - I think you can navigate pretty much as fast as someone usin...

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight GPS / Mapping Software Navigation Systems
December 10, 4:56pm

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