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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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Re: Youthful Posters
If we made an intentional effort to treat everyone as they ought to be treated then whether they are a minor or not would be irrelevant. I'm not a minor. And with every new year of age I cel...

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » Youthful Posters
February 08, 2:19pm

Re: Re: How to go w/o sleeping bag down to 32F?
Any alpinist worth his salt will tell you that willingly undergoing such misery is to be avoided in lieu of getting off the mountain and pushing through the darkness of night. Alan Dixon and I d...

In Philosophy & Technique » How to go w/o sleeping bag down to 32F?
February 08, 1:58pm

Re: Re: Windshirts and insulation
Dale, In the early days of the Cocoon line, I built a handful of them with noseeum mesh outer shells, with the idea of (1) reducing the weight and (2) relying on a windshirt as the outer shell; ...

In GEAR » Windshirts and insulation
February 08, 1:48pm

Re: Re: Re: forum reorganization suggestions.
An updated threads link/page is now available, click the "Recent Threads" link on the right hand nav menu.

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » forum reorganization suggestions.
February 06, 11:45am

OT Job Announcement: Scout Camp in Montana
Hello Everyone - A little off topic but this may be the most appropriate place to post. Please distribute to anyone you know who might be interested, and have them contact us so we can put you i...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » OT Job Announcement: Scout Camp in Montana
January 29, 4:17pm

forum structure
I'm really happy for this thread! I'm thrilled the Dave started off a new thread on forum restructuring, and would encourage us all to head on over there and start hammering a solid stru...

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » Choice of forum
January 28, 3:50pm

Re: Re: Fire Cooking
Cooking on a fire with an ultralight ethic in "sensitive" areas demands LNT accountability. To that end, the vast majority of our forests, including subalpine forests, contain plenty o...

In GEAR » Has anyone only cooked on a fire?
January 22, 9:15pm

OR Coverage
Tom: we'll be posting info about our OR coverage in the forum: Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2009 later tonight or in the morning. Ryan

In GEAR » Outdoor Retailer coverage ?
January 21, 1:47pm

On Signatures: Let the content of your communications speak about who you are... Less is more.

In Website & Forum Admin/Support » Why can't we have signatures?
January 15, 9:18am

Re: RE: "Lightweight Testimony: Jim Sweeney's Enlightenment via Lead Weights, Helium Balloons, and Yachting"
Tony, I'm confused too. The accountant here is still trying to figure out if we have to report Jim's purchases as ... legal sales ... to the IRS ...!

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Testimony: Jim Sweeney's Enlightenment via Lead Weights, Helium Balloons, and Yachting
January 14, 8:27pm

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