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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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Patagonia R1 Hoody - SOLD
Hoody is sold. Thanks everyone.

In Gear Swap » Patagonia R1 Hoody
January 31, 9:19am

Patagonia R1 Hoody
FS: Patagonia R1 Hoody, Black, Size S (Unisex), RN#51884, condition is Very Good. Worn perhaps a dozen times, light duty wear. Zippers in working order, no wear in seams, no holes, no wood fire or ...

In Gear Swap » Patagonia R1 Hoody
January 30, 9:15pm

Best Wind Shirt
"Best" of course is subjective. I have a 2006 model Houdini and love it. It has a lot of holes in it from bushwhacking and fire sparks, it has a funky smell that I can't quite blea...

In GEAR » Best Wind Shirt?
January 28, 11:21pm

Drops of Sweat, B.O., and Setpoint Theory
It's easy to get to the point of puking in 10 minutes without actually sweating a lot. *** secret trick *** When you do your top secret bathroom workout, take off your shirt, do your workou...

In Philosophy & Technique » Training & Workout
January 28, 11:13pm

Training Simplified
I hate "training". I love integrating "trip preparation" into my lifestyle. I like simplicity, and like to apply Occam's Razor to this, focusing on five things: - i...

In Philosophy & Technique » Training & Workout
January 28, 1:37pm

Trip & Route Planning Process
I'd like to solicit some feedback from you about how simple or complex your route/trip planning process is. 1. What do you do (e.g., checklist of your trip/route planning activities?) 2. Ho...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Trip & Route Planning Process
January 27, 11:16am

Compression Clothing
I've been studying, and testing compression clothing (socks and leggings) for the past several months. Here are my empirical observations. 1. You must differentiate what you feel from what y...

In GEAR » Compression socks for hiking??
January 27, 10:25am

Quilts and clo and temperature ratings
Saying "temperature rating" and "clo" in the same sentence as quilt sort of makes me laugh. We do it at BPL, too, so don't think I'm not picking on anyone else, and a...

In GEAR » Synthetic quilt for sub-freezing temperatures
January 27, 9:56am

Big, Heavy Packs
Lots of big packs again showing up at Outdoor Retailer this season. It signifies that the market for robust and heavy packs remains alive and well. What disturbs me is that these packs are so...

In GEAR » Big, Heavy Packs
January 19, 6:52pm

Backpacking Light's BSA Leader Training in Ultralight Backpacking - Enrollment Now Open!
I'm thrilled to be able to offer, and personally teach, this course again this year. We had a fabulous sold out course last year and we're pretty excited about the new, expanded course form...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » Backpacking Light's BSA Leader Training in Ultralight Backpacking - Enrollment Now Open!
January 17, 2:51pm

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