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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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Step out of your practical shoes for a minute and consider meditating on the following question before delivering your response to it: I already know you are interested in backpacking. But why l...

In Philosophy & Technique » WHY?
April 13, 12:55pm

Re: ORVs & Donkey Kong
Since it's now April 2, I can communicate about this issue more seriously. 1. I have owned, and ridden, dirt bikes in a previous life, and thought it was really fun. I still have dreams of t...

April 02, 9:46am

dihydro ox / genitalia
@Rich: Nobody ever talks about its effects on the genitalia. Good on you for stepping up to the plate and putting this in the open. I thought I was the only one. I love this community. ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Uncovering the Truth: Underground Doping in the Long Distance Hiking Community
April 01, 7:45am

Re: Re: BPL Podcasts
We're migrating to a new media server and are currently experiencing some technical issues with our podcast feed for iTunes. Our plan is certainly not to abandon iTunes. Thanks for being patien...

In Editor's Roundtable » Podcast: Packrafting Safety Tips from the Experts
March 12, 11:15pm

Re: Lazr Hi-Vis Titanium NAIL Tent Stake
I think you are expecting a lot out of a product that weighs a quarter of an ounce. I agree with an earlier poster that for the type of soil you are pounding this stake in, you should select a m...

In GEAR » Lazr Hi-Vis Titanium NAIL Tent Stake
February 20, 9:41am

Re: RE: Most Expensive?
I'm with Scott: AT Ski Gear. Goode Skis + Dynafit bindings and boots. But that doesn't count, this is backpacking... Probably my McHale SARC mountaineering pack...I'm not even goi...

In GEAR » Most expensive?
February 19, 11:06pm

Re: Vapor Barrier Socks for Cold Feet in a Sleeping Bag???
Tony, I've worn VB socks in the shoulder season to keep my feet warm. I like'em. Now, don't go thinking that they are going to be as comfy as a pair of big thick dry socks, but it...

In Editor's Roundtable » Vapor Barrier Liners
February 19, 10:59pm

Re: Spring footwear
Joe, I'm not sure I'd actually count on the sock to dry fast. My spring socks for wet junk are thick, gushy, mountaineering socks. They don't dry fast, if at all. This is my system for ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Spring Footwear: Lightweight Footwear Systems Built Around Thin Neoprene Overboots and High Gaiters
February 19, 10:56pm

Re: Re: Spring Footwear: Lightweight Footwear Systems Built Around Thin Neoprene Overboots and High Gaiters
John wrote: >> OMG he is using collapsible aluminum poles? Yes, and still do when I travel - 3 piece Leki aluminums, or Komperdell C3's, that get stowed in my pack while traveling. ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Spring Footwear: Lightweight Footwear Systems Built Around Thin Neoprene Overboots and High Gaiters
February 19, 1:27pm

Re: Re: Spring Footwear... What's about WP/"B" socks
Mark wrote: >> I am curious why not waterproof socks or oversocks. Because I want my shoe to remain dry. In consistently cold conditions, keeping your shoe dry is important to me. Al...

In Editor's Roundtable » Spring Footwear: Lightweight Footwear Systems Built Around Thin Neoprene Overboots and High Gaiters
February 19, 1:25pm

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