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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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Re: Feminine mid-night calls of nature
Diane, you are my new hero. I like that you can leave the little Brillo pad at home now.

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Feminine mid-night calls of nature
November 23, 9:23pm

Re: Maybe a Marmot slips into the mix
Hey Chris, thanks for the kind comments. I'm glad to you you moving forward in your quest. I've used the Mica. It's more comfortable than I originally thought, I like the breathabili...

In GEAR » Rain shell opinions need
November 23, 3:49pm

Zealots / Triumph -> Mica
Add the Marmot Mica to the list. It's a smidge heavier than the Triumph, probably. It's compactability is the best of the bunch, if that is important to you.

In GEAR » Rain shell opinions need
November 23, 1:59pm

Re: Tenkara
Richard -- you don't want to do this. First, that's too much weight for the limber tip of a Tenkara rod. Second, there's moral issues involved... ;) RJ

In GEAR » Buying a tenkara rod, need advice
November 22, 8:04am

Re: Tenkara
Rick makes some very good points. The primary reason for the short length of the Hane is not to minimize weight - the difference between 2.7 and 3.0 oz is just about meaningless, after all - but...

In GEAR » Buying a tenkara rod, need advice
November 21, 9:50pm

Re: recommended fly list
There must be some folks here with more Sierra experience than I. I'm sort of a Rocky Mountain guys - MT, ID, and WY! But here, my top patterns (all of them adapted specifically to dapping w...

In GEAR » Buying a tenkara rod, need advice
November 20, 7:32pm

Re: Buying tenkara...
Our package includes the line but not the tippet or flies. Tippets a funny thing, rabid fly fisherman are pretty particular about it! I used to tie flies commercially and miss it. It was a lot o...

In GEAR » Buying a tenkara rod, need advice
November 20, 7:08pm

Re: Tenkara Hane
Yes, the Hane will ship with a line. 10'6" braided Tenkara line, green in color - yes, the $20 lines on the Tenkara website.

In GEAR » Buying a tenkara rod, need advice
November 20, 6:55pm

24 Videos
Thanks for all of your kind comments! This has been a really fun project. I'm working on the next already, a short hike in Shenandoah NP with Alan Dixon a few weeks ago while I was on a busi...

In Editor's Roundtable » 24: Nine Months 'til Summer
November 19, 8:34am

Thanks everyone for the very nice response to the video and article! It humbles me to know that I'm striking a chord with this series. Nicolas - I like gallons because there's less of th...

In Editor's Roundtable » 24: Garnet Mountain Forest Service Lookout, Montana
October 30, 5:05pm

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