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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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Re: Open Letter: Don't make the Gear Swap for members only
R C wrote: >> The BPL Gear Swap is one of the best online classifieds for lightweight backpacking gear that there is. I have bought and sold many items through it and have yet to experienc...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Open Letter: Don't make the Gear Swap for members only
December 19, 7:41pm

Western Mountaineering Flash XR Size L Color Sage
*** SOLD *** Worn twice, excellent condition. $200 with free shipping. Contact publisher((at))backpackinglight((dot))com.

In Gear Swap » Western Mountaineering Flash XR Size L Color Sage
December 11, 1:18pm

Commercial Quantities of Pertex Fabrics Available
Backpacking Light has significant amounts of Pertex fabrics available for bid. At this time lots will not be split up. *** SOLD *** : Pertex Quantum PB154 Green (same as 2010 Cocoon Line) 2,250 ...

In Gear Swap » Commercial Quantities of Fabrics Available
November 28, 3:43pm

Katabatic vs. Nunatak
Katabatic quilts are built with an extremely high attention to detail. The stitching is excellent, and the construction techniques are clearly carefully considered. The fabrics are comfortable a...

In GEAR » katabatic vs. nunatak
November 27, 11:58am

Unconventional Sleep Systems Manifesto
For thrashers, quilt users, shoppers: Backpacking Light's Unconventional Sleep Systems Manifesto 10,000 words of detailed and organized education about this topic.

In GEAR » What are you thrashing, tossn' and turn'n sleepers sleeping in?
October 19, 10:08am

Just following up: I have reviewed what Addie put together from this forum. A lot of fantastic feedback, and special kudos to Tony for helping drive this discussion. We have opened up threads...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Why are you not a Member of BPL?
October 18, 1:37pm

Hmmm...that looks like the uncoated stuff which would be a disaster for a pack. It has to have the coating in order to be workable, so the fabric is stabilized, and water-resistant.

In Make Your Own Gear » Pure Spectra fabric available
October 13, 3:02pm

Sewing Pure Spectra
Luke, Home sewing machines have a really hard time with pure spectra. The needles are too thin (they break a lot) and anything more than 2 layers is problematic. The real issue is the thread....

In Make Your Own Gear » Sewing Pure Spectra
October 13, 9:15am

Gear Carried vs. Worn
Miguel, great comment, and I agree. Reformatting our gear lists is on my radar. For clothes, I usually think of them in terms of three buckets: - warm weather trekking clothes (trekking shirt...

In Chaff » Ryan Jordan's new Gear List: Costs vs Encumberance
October 12, 6:32pm

Backpacking Checklist (Gear List): 3-Season, 3-Day
Companion forum thread to: Backpacking Checklist (Gear List): 3-Season, 3-Day Revised and updated for 2011.

In Editor's Roundtable » Backpacking Checklist (Gear List): 3-Season, 3-Day
October 11, 9:47am

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