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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: ?
I have three Nunatak down quilts, including one that was one of the first ever made, shortly behind Don Johnston's original. One of them was made with the lighter Quantum for both the lining an...

In GEAR » Pertex Quantum .8 vs. Quantum 1.0
December 23, 12:37pm

Re: Avatar
In a cave in Stephen's Gulch, Escalante, ca. 2006 :)

In Chaff » Avatar
December 22, 6:05pm

Re: Re: Re: Staking a shelter on a trip with both snow and bare ground?
I abhor snow stakes of all types. Stuff sacks, deadmen, T-anchors, etc. I know, I know. You need them sometimes. That doesn't mean I have to like them. I like using skis, ski poles, tr...

In GEAR » Staking a shelter on a trip with both snow and bare ground?
December 21, 10:26pm

Re: Sad Jim
Jim, I got lucky! It's really hard to keep up, especially this time of year!

In GEAR » BPL sul 1100 pot
December 21, 7:19pm

Re: BPL sul 1100 pot
Sad Jim, We have a few of these in Bozeman. We are packaging them up with Bushbuddies and selling them as a combo for quite a bit less than buying the two separately - probably $200 for members....

In GEAR » BPL sul 1100 pot
December 21, 6:48pm

Ask & Receive
I'm glad when I am able to finagle a little receiving back at ya when ya do some askin' about a really neat community project for us this year! Click here to Sign up for a Stock Alert fo...

In Editor's Roundtable » Backpacking Light 2009 Reader Photo Contest Results
December 18, 4:06pm

Re: Re: New BPL Titanium
Brad--not finalized yet on the 3rd party stuff, but the items that are core items for lightweighters like Aqua Mira and PossumDown will probably stay here.

In GEAR » Firelite 900?
December 16, 9:41pm

New BPL Titanium
As for the titanium. We are transitioning some of the production to another factory, and are bringing out a few new pots that will be much higher quality, and aesthetically, much nicer. The n...

In GEAR » Firelite 900?
December 16, 9:18pm

Re: 900 pot
We have been trimming inventory aggressively as we go into these last few months of 2009, for a few reasons. First, we're trying to free up some cash to fund a whole slew of new projects for...

In GEAR » Firelite 900?
December 16, 9:15pm

Survey results
Hi Rod, we had about 140 respond to the survey, and only 5 or 6 skipped #5. Everyone answered all of the rest of the questions.

In Philosophy & Technique » SURVEY: Ultralight Hunting at Backpacking Light
December 16, 8:33am

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