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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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All Forum Posts by Ryan Jordan

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Backpacking Light & Ultralight Hunting: Survey Results
Hi Folks, Here is a summary of the survey results. Please note this was not a comprehensive sampling, and solicitation was ONLY made from the forum here. That in and of itself might have self-se...

In Philosophy & Technique » SURVEY: Ultralight Hunting at Backpacking Light
December 15, 8:38pm

EVERY survey should be taken with a grain of salt, especially ones with questions about politicians or guns. The purpose of this is only to see if we can ID anything that is particularly remarka...

In Philosophy & Technique » SURVEY: Ultralight Hunting at Backpacking Light
December 11, 12:25pm

SURVEY: Ultralight Hunting at Backpacking Light
Hello Everyone, In light of the recent commentary about hunting and the Pak-Rifle review, I'd like to invite you to take our reader survey about ultralight hunting in the context of Backpack...

In Philosophy & Technique » SURVEY: Ultralight Hunting at Backpacking Light
December 11, 8:47am

backcountry hunting and heavy gear
Oh man, I'm going to be in big trouble with my affiliation with BPL by DW's definition! I actually took a pyramid tent with a wood stove, a hatchet (backpaxe), a GSI mini-table, a luxury...

In Other Activities » LW Backcountry Hunt
December 10, 5:23pm

Re: Re: Re: LW Backcountry Hunt
DW: You write: "But I am genuinely nonplussed by the original report above - it's a hunting report, using heavyweight gear, on a UL hiking site." It's actually, just a forum...

In Other Activities » LW Backcountry Hunt
December 10, 10:19am

Re: Re: Guns?
I wanted to interject my own comments so that you all know what my perspective is about guns, and hopefully, help you understand that I'm not necessarily a confederate-flag-waving redneck champ...

In Philosophy & Technique » UL with a gun?
December 03, 9:06am

Re: Compared to Henry Survival Rifle?
I'm getting better at shooting the rifle since this review was completed, and have been able to shoot inside a 2" target at 50 yards with the peep sight easily, with the gun resting on my ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Pak-Rifle Review
December 02, 2:39pm

It's all about the troop, and its leaders. We had den mothers in my Cub Scout Troop. But I was one of the den leaders for five years and took a group from Tigers to Webelos. We camped a l...

In Backpacking Light with Scouts » New to cub scouting- Feeling a bit underwhelmed.
December 02, 11:56am

safety point
Good observation - there actually was a tiny ravine just beyond the target, with a big hill just beyond that. It's close - probably only 30 yards beyond the target. We scouted the area really w...

In Editor's Roundtable » Pak-Rifle Review
December 02, 11:08am

pak-rifle while hiking
Stephen, I do hike with it loaded, but not cocked. The force required to cock it is very high, so the risk of firing accidentally, say during a fall, is nearly zero.

In Editor's Roundtable » Pak-Rifle Review
December 02, 8:19am

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