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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: Re: Re: Re: Is BPL going to the Outdoor Retailer Market?
We will be redefining how we do coverage for OR in the summer, and recruiting anyone from our Membership who is interested in attending the show. Stay tuned for more information about that, as we&#...

In GEAR » Is BPL going to the Outdoor Retailer Market?
January 21, 11:03am

Re: Is BPL going to the Outdoor Retailer Market?
Rob and others: we are skipping Winter OR this year, things just got way too busy with the warehouse move. At this time, we do have plans to cover the summer OR show, but we'll evaluate that as...

In GEAR » Is BPL going to the Outdoor Retailer Market?
January 21, 9:04am

BPL Wants to Publish Your Lightweight Testimony!
Dear BPL Readers: It's time for our annual solicitation for your lightweight testimonies! Topic: Your Lightweight Testimony Description: Write a narrative about your path to enlightenm...

In Content Solicitations » BPL Wants to Publish Your Lightweight Testimony!
January 19, 10:33am

Re: if this is a test, I choose all of the above
>> then there's the upside of no more member fees...EVER (RIGHT RYAN????) So you really thought this is the end of the line, couch? We are working on a new program, open only as an ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Why Did You become a Lifetime Member?
January 14, 9:57pm

I was out there on Sunday, it was a little rainy and blustery - and really beautiful. My first time there. I posted a photo on my blog from late Sunday afternoon, right after I got swallowed by a r...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » THE 2ND ANNUAL POINT REYES BAY AREA BPL TRIP
January 14, 9:52pm

Re: Re: Did you feel that!?
I've been in south SF this week at our warehouse and felt both the 4.5 and the 6.5 today. We thought they were jet planes flying real close overhead. Exciting enough for this Montana boy!

In Chaff » Did you feel that!?
January 09, 10:33pm

Re: When it will be ready
I have the Gerber Backpaxe (17 oz, the short version) and have purchased--and sold--the Gransfor Mini. The Gransfor Mini has to have the worst performance-to-cost ratio of any hatchet on the mar...

In GEAR » SUL Camp Hatchet
January 05, 5:04pm

Re: Re: Waterproof cameras?
I've used the TS1 through most of 2009 and LOVE it. And I'm super picky. It's a fantastic little camera for a waterproof, and it shoots very good video too.

In Photography » Waterproof cameras?
January 05, 4:54pm

Re: Lighten up a little!
Mark, if 12.7 lbs is the result of your first efforts to lighten up, then I'd say you're doing awfully well. The beauty is that 12.7 lbs probably buys you a lot of comfort with modern gear....

In GEAR » Lighten up a little!
January 05, 3:46pm

Re: Re: bivy sack = not fun
Steven, That's an uncomfortable scenario. The biggest thing I've learned about bivy-sackin' is that I've learned never to remain constrained by the types of campsites availabl...

In Philosophy & Technique » bivy sack = not fun
January 02, 9:22pm

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