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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.
My Website URLhttp://www.ryanjordan.com/
My PDF Gear ListFall 2007 Absaroka Backbone

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All Forum Posts by Ryan Jordan

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ankle support / Arctic 1000 / my experience
Would a more supportive "boot" minimized my injury on the Arctic 1000? Yes, I think so. But you can't hike 30-40 mile days in boots day after day, which was required in order to...

In GEAR » Research on foot/ankle injuries vs footwear choice
July 17, 9:21am

I'll be taking a Tenkara Rod as well on my trip to the Bob Marshall next week. I have the as yet unreleased 13' 6:4 model, it weighs 3.5 oz. I think the added length will be very nice for p...

In Fishing » Tenkara Rods - UL fishing...
July 03, 5:46pm

UL fly tackle chest pouch
I used to use the Mayfly Chest Pouch - an older model that was about half the weight of the new model. Now I'm consolidated to two tiny fly boxes in the backcountry, and use a Simblissity Unsla...

In Fishing » UL chest tackle pack?
June 24, 6:14am

New Trangia-like Titanium EtOH Stove
Here's a new stove that will be announced soon.

In GEAR » New Trangia-like Titanium EtOH Stove
June 20, 9:25pm

Re: Beartrap Canyon
Beartrap Canyon at low water (e.g., 1200 cfs) really isn't a place for packrafters at all. There's a lot of water in there. I've run the rapids at low water but not in the absence of...

In Editor's Roundtable » Photo Essay: Packrafting the Madison River
June 10, 7:27am

Re: Running the Escalante
Bill, thanks for the great story. I think the upper Escalante from town is tough at 1.6 cfs and only mildly irritating down lower, due as much to slow speeds as anything else, especially if you ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Packrafting Utah's Escalante River in Late March
June 04, 11:35am

Garmin Oregon 500t Promises Hi-Res Topo Mapping Display, Touchscreen, and Integrated 3.2MP Camera
Companion forum thread to: Garmin Oregon 500t Promises Hi-Res Topo Mapping Display, Touchscreen, and Integrated 3.2MP Camera

In Editor's Roundtable » Garmin Oregon 500t Promises Hi-Res Topo Mapping Display, Touchscreen, and Integrated 3.2MP Camera
May 07, 11:32am

Whiz Freedom vs. Spray Jacket
Hey, good thread. Nice to see the enthusiasm. FYI Backpacking Light will be releasing the Spray Jacket in a few weeks. This new product will allow men to squat and pee like a girl. It will be...

In GEAR » Let's talk about the whiz freedom
April 23, 2:58pm

Re: NOLS Trip Advice
While MikeC!, RyanH, and other NOLSies here have contributed a lot to the NOLS Light & Fast / Lightweight Backpacking Programs, these programs are such a tiny part of NOLS that they are not rep...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » NOLS Trip Advice
April 23, 2:32pm

Re: Apparently, my local gear shop is a great place to meet straight, single men
FYI g@y being censored has nothing to do with our boy scout-y background. It's just happens to be the "module" we use. We don't discriminate. Anyone is welcome here EXCEPT.....

In Chaff » Apparently, my local gear shop is a great place to meet straight, single men
April 23, 2:25pm

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