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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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I "think"...
I "think" this is what's going on - that those threads were created during the lockdown, so they inherited more restricted permissions. Unfortunately I'm not able to batch edit th...

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » Forum Subscriptions - old posts locked?
November 13, 10:06am

Double Poling
I used to use double poles on my Integral Designs MK1Lite, which has been my primary mountaineering tent. The stock poles can't support a wind or snow load of any meaningful amount, but they ha...

In Mountaineering & Alpinism » Stronger tent poles
November 12, 5:33pm

Inov8 288's
Lars: I recommend something waterproof, with a high gaiter, for snow and cold/wet trekking, so the 288's are my choice. I'm not a fan of GTX shoes for the majority of 3 season conditions.

In Editor's Roundtable » Considering Minimalist Footwear for Backpacking
November 12, 6:45am

Inov8 288's + Crampons
Tad -- Standard crampons seem too burly for the relatively soft 288's. Some snowshoe bindings are fine with them. As are Kahtoola's. I especially think that Kahtoola Microspikes an...

In Editor's Roundtable » Considering Minimalist Footwear for Backpacking
November 06, 10:37pm

Re: 24 Hours: Packrafting the Grande Ronde River
@Richard Nisley - my initial impression of the dry suit is that it's well done. I have questions about long term durability. I waded up to my chest in it and really enjoyed the one-piece sealed...

In Editor's Roundtable » 24 Hours: Packrafting the Grande Ronde River
November 03, 3:36pm

Safe Tramping & Big Boots
The NZ culture of big boots for safe tramping is a funny one. There is a similar culture here in the Western US mountains during the winter when you're off trail, with or w/o snowshoes. But ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Considering Minimalist Footwear for Backpacking
November 03, 3:22pm

Forum Policy Update etc.
Hello all, I am leaving now for the Wilderness Trekking School course in the Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness, but will be back online next week. Here's what we have been looking at: 1. Bec...

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » Forum Policy Update etc.
October 27, 11:17pm

joint pain / zero drop
Mark -- I concur. When I first started wearing zero drop shoes, I experienced quite a bit of calf pain high in the calf, where the tops of my calves attached to the back of the knee. But the pain r...

In Editor's Roundtable » Considering Minimalist Footwear for Backpacking
October 23, 9:57pm

Alpacka Dry Suit
Things are just getting cold up here so I'm now switched out of my rainwear and splash suits and am packrafting with dry suits again. Alpacka sent one to us for review, and I had the chance to ...

In Packrafting » Alpacka Dry Suits
October 22, 12:13pm

Cold Weather Packrafting - Hand & Feet Solutions
When I'm packrafting, I usually opt for a shoe that drains well above all else (like the Salomon Tech Amphib). If I'm trekking any meaningful distances, then I just wear the shoe that I lik...

In Packrafting » Clothing systems for cold weather packrafting
October 22, 11:48am

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