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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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My PDF Gear ListFall 2007 Absaroka Backbone

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All Forum Posts by Ryan Jordan

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What do you look for in a backcountry camera?
I struggled whether to post this here or in the photography forum, but I chose here because it's probably less selective and would include discussions by the more casual as well as by the more ...

In GEAR » What do you look for in a backcountry camera?
September 29, 2:02pm

Custom BPL Tenkara Rod
Regarding the new Tenkara Rod, it's a new model (their lightest yet!) that will be offered exclusively through Backpacking Light ... it has some neat features (notable: less than 3 oz, and very...

In Editor's Roundtable » Photo Essay: A Traverse of the Bob Marshall Wilderness by Foot and Packraft
September 24, 2:08pm

Re: Fabulous pics!
@andreww - These photos were taken with the Sigma DP2, and I did have a small tripod with me - a cheapie Sunpak XL1000 (I think I bought it at Target a few years ago), weighs only about 6 oz after ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Photo Essay: A Traverse of the Bob Marshall Wilderness by Foot and Packraft
September 24, 2:06pm

Parcour de Wild Transportation
Same w/Great Falls or BZN. I think we're going to swing up to GF from BZN before heading to Rogers Pass.

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2009 le Parcour de Wild
September 01, 9:59am

2009 le Parcour de Wild
For those of you who have developed exceptional ultralight skills over the past few years and interested in testing them in a unique proving ground, you might consider this event coming up in Octob...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » 2009 le Parcour de Wild
August 29, 9:50pm

Tenakara comments
@Tony - How do I think Tenkara would handle a 5-6 lb trout? I caught a 23" brown with a Tenkara rod on the Madison and the rod did fine - I did have to "chase" the fish down stream. ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Backcountry Fly Fishing with Tenkara: Ultralight Style and Simplicity
August 19, 8:19am

EtOH and Aqua Mira in GTNP
Dornan's in Moose is a normal resupply for me for GTNP. They have Aqua Mira drops - usually. It's just N of the airport a few miles, at the S end of GTNP. All the gas stations there, and...

In GEAR » Help! Where to find denatured alcohol and aquamira inside Tetons or Yellowstone Park?
July 27, 5:34pm

Re: Tenkara and Alpine Lakes
I'm glad you had success on a lake with Tenkara, Jay. My son and I are packing for a trek in the Western Uintas now, heading up there this week with Tenkara rods and the Alpacka Double Duck....

In Fishing » Tenkara Rods - UL fishing...
July 27, 5:30pm

Fishing Cameras (off-topic)
@ashley: the DP2 is slower than the E-P1. I've been using the DP1/DP2 a lot the past few years, nothing really bothers me with either I suppose, so I think the E-P1 is pretty snappy compared to...

In Fishing » Tenkara Rods - UL fishing...
July 23, 8:11pm

Tenkara, Cameras, and Reach
@ashley - it's a Sigma DP2. I don't use SLRs so much on long trips. I still take them on short trips. This year I've been using the DP2 and the Olympus E-P1. I'll start posting phot...

In Fishing » Tenkara Rods - UL fishing...
July 23, 1:19pm

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