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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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Please keep your comments coming, and offer suggestions. Public forum traffic eats up vast amounts of bandwidth that not even subscriptions can support - thanks for your patience as we try to wo...

In Chaff » Ads inbetween Forum Posts
September 21, 6:10pm

Jetboil SOL Ti
The Jetboil SOL Ti offers significant advantages over the Gnat, or another lightweight system. The advantages aren't clear until you use the system. I think its greatest advantage is the ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Integrated Canister Fuel Cooking Systems State of the Market Report 2011: Part 1 – Overview and Performance Evaluation
September 20, 11:48pm

Re: URGENT: Final LOT of BPL Gear Shop Liquidation Sale in Bozeman Available to Ship
Lot is SOLD... Happily, to one of our friendly cottage manufacturers, so we should see the goods back in our community in one form or another! Thank you! Ryan

In Gear Swap » URGENT: Final LOT of BPL Gear Shop Liquidation Sale in Bozeman Available to Ship
August 19, 10:27pm

some modifications to last LOT
OK, now the sale in Bozeman is closed, above contents have been edited and represent the final lot and price. Thanks for considering! Ryan

In Gear Swap » URGENT: Final LOT of BPL Gear Shop Liquidation Sale in Bozeman Available to Ship
August 19, 7:00pm

URGENT: Final LOT of BPL Gear Shop Liquidation Sale in Bozeman Available to Ship
*** UPDATE 10:28 PM MDT 8/19/11 -- LOT HAS SOLD *** Hello All -- We are entering the final hours of our Bozeman garage sale and I'd like to make our final lot of gear available for ONE pe...

In Gear Swap » URGENT: Final LOT of BPL Gear Shop Liquidation Sale in Bozeman Available to Ship
August 19, 1:35pm

"Barefoot" vs. "Minimalist" for backpackers
I love Damien's articles, and I love talking minimalist footwear with him. The amount of trail time we've had together talking about this topic now numbers into the "hours" and I ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Minimalist Footwear for Fall/Spring Backpacking
August 05, 11:48pm

Membership, BPL, Forums, My Oh My
OK, wow, y'all have been busy. First, thanks for the feedback. I'm blown away. Second, I've not read it all yet, but I promise I will. Unfortunately, I'm not able to respond t...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Why are you not a Member of BPL?
July 26, 12:12pm

Canovaccio: Natural, Sustainable Pack Fabrics
Companion forum thread to: Canovaccio: Natural, Sustainable Pack Fabrics

In Editor's Roundtable » Canovaccio: Natural, Sustainable Pack Fabrics
March 31, 11:41pm

BPL Trekking School Pack Sale: Updates
Further price reductions made on remaining inventory. See updated list above.

In Gear Deals » BPL Trekking School/Product Review Packs - Various Manufacturers - Inventory Available!
February 22, 6:41pm

Teton Crest Exped: Thank You
To my companions on this trek: Thank you. I had a glorious time in your company. Y'all are hardcore in my book. I'd hike with you anytime. RJ

In Editor's Roundtable » Trip Report: 2010 Teton Crest Expedition
February 22, 3:10pm

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