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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: VBL and Footwear
Mike Martin wrote: >> Oh, on the footwear thing, it may not be in your closet Ryan, but can you get your hands on these?

In Gear Lists » Ryan Jordan's SUL Winter Challenge
October 22, 12:13am

Re: Re: ultralight camping on bicycle tours
Cool! I love seeing ultralight ethic in other applications. In 03 I had the chance to speak to a group of motorcycle campers en route to Sturgis. It was very enlightening and being Harley gear head...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » ultralight camping on bicycle tours
October 22, 12:03am

Re: Ryan's footwear for Montana death march
Nice troll, Kevin. Instead of providing you a Marcos inventory, I'll provide you with what I have available for ... this trip :) 1. Any number of breathable trail running shoes that weigh 12-13 ...

In Gear Lists » Ryan Jordan's SUL Winter Challenge
October 21, 10:58am

Puppy Pile Review
Here's our Mandatory Gear Puppy Pile Tent Review.

In GEAR » SUL tent
October 21, 7:15am

Re: MYOG store
>> It would be nice to be able to get the hold of different materials that BMW is using for their gear and also the ability to tie in harder to find materials and put them in the store. We have...

In Make Your Own Gear » Gear store
October 21, 7:12am

cold & strep
>> I can't help but think that the reason why Dr. J MIGHT HAVE developed a Strep throat after his 9d trek. Paul, my experience with strep is right on the money with yours. I do get it frequently...

In Gear Lists » Ryan Jordan's SUL Winter Challenge
October 21, 7:09am

Re: VB Clothing
>> Question for Ryan Jordan: Do you have any ideas about how a RBH Designs VB Shirt/Pants might work for a cold weather hike such as this one you are planning? At the price of their Mitts/Gloves ...

In Gear Lists » Ryan Jordan's SUL Winter Challenge
October 21, 7:00am

Re: Ryan/Winter Gladiator Kit
>> How about one little hint of what feels extraneous to you. Clothing I can't wear or sleep in at any time. In other words, if the clothing is there as an "extra", then I'd like the flexibility...

In Gear Lists » Ryan Jordan's SUL Winter Challenge
October 20, 3:49pm

Re: Winter Gladiator Kit
The idea of this exercise is that you guys not add all this extraneous stuff, so that skills / techniques can replace some reliance on gear... ;) I do appreciate the extra socks, but if it came rig...

In Gear Lists » Ryan Jordan's SUL Winter Challenge
October 20, 3:34pm

Gods, warriors---I like that
SUL Gladiators. def. "A person, usually a professional combatant, a captive, or a slave, trained to entertain the public by engaging in mortal combat..." (Am. Herit. Dict.) We're just here to...

In GEAR » New SMD Pack
October 19, 8:04pm

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