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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.
CityBozeman
StateMontana
CountryUS
My Website URLhttp://www.ryanjordan.com/
My PDF Gear ListFall 2007 Absaroka Backbone

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The SUL Wanderer (Video Series) - Episode 2: Food & Water
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In Editor's Roundtable » The SUL Wanderer (Video Series) - Episode 2: Food & Water
May 29, 12:54pm

SUL and Rain
Dale -- My camp on that trip was a dry bed of pine needles under a spruce tree. It rained 2.5 inches that weekend. SUL is still about skill -- with a bivy, I opted out of expansive views o...

In Editor's Roundtable » The SUL Wanderer (Video Series) - Episode 1: Gear
May 23, 1:17am

SUL is so fun
This is super fun. Because we all have different approaches that we can learn from, but we all pretty much agree on the same things: seek simple, go light, take less. I love that. Erik: the b...

In Editor's Roundtable » The SUL Wanderer (Video Series) - Episode 1: Gear
May 23, 12:44am

bikeraftfishpacking
@DaveC: 36/18. I like it for dirt roads, and allows me to commute reasonably. I have to walk up some hills with it, though, and the kids smoke me on the downhills of course. I'm looking for a S...

In Editor's Roundtable » SUL BikeRaftFishPacking (BFRP)
May 17, 9:04am

Seasoning oil
Ed, good comments, and concerns. Free radicals released from oils can be caused by excessive heating. This is the "bad" part (carcinogenic) of oils, especially "dry" oils (th...

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Fry Bake Gear and Technique (Video)
May 04, 12:11am

How Safe Is Your Food? Investigating the effectiveness of odor-proof bags
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In Editor's Roundtable » How Safe Is Your Food? Investigating the effectiveness of odor-proof bags
April 10, 12:09am

Pack-and-Paddle Wilderness Route Planning: Predicting Stream Flows
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In Editor's Roundtable » Pack-and-Paddle Wilderness Route Planning: Predicting Stream Flows
April 10, 12:08am

Re: Spring Raftpacking (and Packrafting)
@T.L. - I rarely take gloves backpacking between about April and September unless I'm doing a high mountain trek, so any gloves I take for whitewater packrafting are always with an eye towards ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Spring Raftpacking (and Packrafting)
March 27, 12:21pm

Winter Firebuilding Techniques (Video)
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In Editor's Roundtable » Winter Firebuilding Techniques (Video)
February 20, 1:50am

Re: Re: Packrafting and Kickstarter
JoshP: no sweat - drop me a note via the BPL contact form. - RJ

In Editor's Roundtable » Yellowstone River Packrafting
February 07, 7:38am

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