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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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All Forum Posts by Ryan Jordan

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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

Packrafting and Kickstarter
Josh wrote: "Seems odd that all this coincides while Ryan trying to get his Kickstarter going. Just saying." Really? I thought that would be a strategic and intentional thing to do,...

In Editor's Roundtable » Yellowstone River Packrafting
February 06, 6:49pm

packrafting, backpacking, and bacon
BPL's Mission Statement since '07 is "To promote multi-day, backcountry travel in a self-supported ("backpackable"), lightweight style." Occasionally we'll pop ou...

In Editor's Roundtable » Yellowstone River Packrafting
February 06, 3:01pm

photos
Detective Cas, good work. The tele shots were made with the Leica 90/2.8 Elmarit (not EXIF-coded). The NEX7 is a nice all-round camera, but suffers from rapid overheating when shooting video ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Photo Essay: Spanish Peaks, Lee Metcalf Wilderness, Montana
February 01, 8:00am

Thank You
Thank you for all the great feedback on the video. The comments have stimulated my thinking so much. Some of it reinforced, with some new ideas to ponder as well. Interesting that a few of the c...

In Editor's Roundtable » Boys in the Wild (Short Film)
February 01, 7:53am

Boys in the Wild (Short Film)
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In Editor's Roundtable » Boys in the Wild (Short Film)
January 30, 6:46am

Photo Essay: Spanish Peaks, Lee Metcalf Wilderness, Montana
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In Editor's Roundtable » Photo Essay: Spanish Peaks, Lee Metcalf Wilderness, Montana
January 30, 6:45am

M10
I loved my M10. I loaned it to my son and he left it at an alpine lake. Teenagers. The old one had a very slim fit, and was pretty short. I think this may be the qualifier meant by "Technic...

In GEAR » Patagonia M10 Jacket returning for Spring '13
January 25, 7:26pm

no zip garage
My zipper goes flush and doesn't leak at all. I was concerned about the lack of a garage as well, but I like not having it, when the zipper works. When the zip doesn't go flush, a garage is...

In Editor's Roundtable » Westcomb Focus LT Hoody Review
January 24, 10:09pm

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