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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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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

Mike, I love these questions. The answers are really easy: 1. "You can't go wrong if you go..." That's mostly true. All the ideas above are really good. 2. "Transportat...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Where to go in Montana/Wyoming?
December 08, 5:48am

The Addiction to Digital Cameras Will Leave You Empty in the Long Run
I am selling most of my camera gear. I am keeping: 1. My Nikon FM3a because with Fuji Velvia and the excellent 28mm AIS lens, it provides my favorite color for landscape photography that is n...

In Photography » Have some cameras picked, help me choose one
November 19, 10:18am

The Merits of Taking a High Route
There are merits to taking the high route: 1. You get out of the vegetation so you can see the big picture. 2. The air is cleaner which delivers more oxygen to your brain so you can think more ...

In Gear Swap » RE: Member - John Devitt
November 18, 9:45am

How UL Backpacking Creeps Into My Daily Life
I love existing in the lunatic fringe because it makes for good stories and a life lived with vigor. But by itself, it's not enough. I think UL has a lot more substance than just being &q...

In Philosophy & Technique » How is UL backpacking creeping into your daily life?
November 11, 8:54pm

Achieving Coastal Bliss
coastalbliss: You may have pigeonholed yourself with the discussion already by asking the question, "do you have recommendations for heavy gear that can replace our heavier gear?" Y...

In On the Web » West Coast Trail and What to Bring
November 11, 8:35pm

mKettle Marketing
Hi All, mKettle sent me a sample to test. I had nothing to do with the development and this was my first interaction with them. Test I did. I wrote in a private email to the manufacturer'...

In GEAR » Double walled mini volcano kettle
November 09, 5:20pm

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