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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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Features to consider in a winter climbing shell?
Other than the obvious (hard vs. soft), I'd like to invite some comments from folks to see what they think about the appropriateness of a features in a mountaineering shell jacket. I'll comment on ...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » Shell Jackets for Winter Climbing
December 02, 1:33am

List of topics that you shouldn't be discussing in other forums...
But are entirely appropriate here: 1. the ethics of cell phone use. 2. the ethics of pepper spray use. 3. guns in the backcountry. 4. G-Dub. 5. whether or not dogs should be allowed in the Y...

In Chaff » Topic appropriateness for this forum
December 02, 1:25am

Chemical Hand Warmers - Multiple Uses
OK, so you crack the nickel in one of these in the late afternoon when the sun goes down and your hands are starting to go numb: 1. The obvious - as a hand warmer. 2. Put under a canister sto...

In Multiple Use Gear » Chemical Hand Warmers
December 02, 1:21am

What do y'all use for winter stove systems?
Just curious, is everyone using white gas when the only water source is snow, or are you trying to extend alcohol/canister/fire fuels into the winter season - if so, what are you doing to maximize ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Winter Stoves?
December 02, 1:02am

Make Your Own Drinking Tube Sock
I use an MSR Hydromedary when I climb in the winter. After filling the bladder (with boiling water), I add some chic-drink (eg Gu2O, Cytomax, etc) - the increased salt concentration also delays ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Frozen Hydration System Tube in Winter?
December 02, 12:09am

Re: Arc Alpinist/Arc X Alternatives?
Your best source of info on the Arc design is going to be at Nunatak's website, as they have several designs, and from the Arc X user notes(PDF), which is found from a link off this page: http:/...

November 17, 2:10am

Restoring Loft / Wet Down Bag / Point Reyes
One thing I'm seeing with SOME of the 900 fill down that's coming to the market is that it's not terribly resilient - the plumules are so small, and the clusters so fine, that it does a poor job of...

November 17, 2:03am

Roman's Formula / Coup's Trip
Roman - See here for Coup's statistics: The formula would suggest that Coup's max mileage per day is not 70 miles. In fact, the 70 mil...

In Post-Trip Reports » Trips & Trip Reports (LEGACY POSTS FROM OLD FORUMS)
November 13, 11:13am

Re: tarp set up???
Mike wrote: >>> I intend to purchase a oware 8x10 sil tarp for all around use...what would be the single best way to pitch the tarp? I recently camped with a tarper...His set up was 1 trek pole ...

November 06, 9:20am

Re: Packrafting Gear List / PFD
Roman, good points on the PFD. I find that the TorsoLite pad, at 10 oz, and my inflatable, at 9 oz, is still lighter than many PFD's, although I've seen some foamies go down to 14 oz or so, but are...

In Gear Lists » User Gear Lists (LEGACY POSTS FROM OLD FORUMS)
November 04, 9:16pm

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