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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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Solo+ Report
Thanks for your feedback on this and other articles, and the review process in general. I've pulled a number of articles off of our editorial calendar in the coming weeks with the intention ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Solo-Plus Tent State of the Market Report
September 22, 10:03pm

Pesto Pasta Salad
Can't resist. Have to do one more before going to bed. Pesto Pasta Salad. This is a WTS fave. Recipe: Dry noodles, powdered white cheddar, dehydrated veggie mix, Ghee, dry mushrooms, Amor...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Gourmet Backcountry Food
September 22, 9:44pm

Gourmet Backcountry Food
Hi All, We're working on a series for BPL about gourmet backcountry food ultralight style, so I'd like to solicit some ideas from you. I'm historically a one tiny pot sort of ULer...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Gourmet Backcountry Food
September 22, 9:36pm

Re: Gear Questions
@Luke Schmidt: >> What causes the stitching to give out on a sleeping quilt? Is it just wear and tear over time or are you a really active sleeper? Rolling over certainly places stress ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Lamar
August 25, 10:38am

Lunar Solo
Thanks for the update Ron. I like that there seems to be more interior volume. That should help condensation, for us short or y'all tall guys. I assume the increase in storm resistance assum...

In GEAR » SMD Lunar Solo
July 19, 9:04am

shelter options for taller people
Up late tonight tending to a toe contusion incurred while testing Luna Sandals on a night hike in the Bridgers. Ah well. This thread caught my eye. What about something like an MLD Speedmid? If ...

In GEAR » SMD Lunar Solo
July 19, 12:47am

Oven Roasting Bags
This is very intriguing to me. I'd love to try this. Looks like Baco might be a Euro brand and not available in the US, and Reynolds (de facto oven bag maker here) only makes Large and Turke...

In Editor's Roundtable » Ultralight Baking
July 18, 3:18pm

Welcome back
Welcome back, Marcel. A stellar expedition in fine style. I love the shot of the little unexpected visitors. That alone makes me want to travel to Mongolia. Quite a contrast with the screamin...

In Gear Lists » Western Mongolia
July 06, 11:29am

SONY NEX-7 Rolling Review Update: Part 3 Now Online

In Editor's Roundtable » Sony NEX-7 Digital Camera Review
July 06, 10:49am

Backpacking on the Moon: A Trip Guide to Craters of the Moon National Monument
Companion forum thread to: Backpacking on the Moon: A Trip Guide to Craters of the Moon National Monument

In Editor's Roundtable » Backpacking on the Moon: A Trip Guide to Craters of the Moon National Monument
June 26, 7:49pm

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