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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: REI Subalpine
It's a well-built and designed tent. I used it in the snow on a climb of Granite Peak in Montana. We camped on the Froze-to-Death Plateau @ 11,000 ft, in November winds and snows. There was about 1...

In GEAR » REI Subalpine
October 11, 11:05pm

Ryan's water bottles
Bryan, weight weight weight! as they said. And collapsibility. They roll up just so dang nice. I do carry Nalgene cantenes with wide mouths in the winter - never a zip or narrow mouth platy -...

In Post-Trip Reports » Yellowstone / Beartooths Trek
October 08, 1:33pm

Re: RE: Cocoon Pants Backorder
Hi Mike and others, just a followup to let you know that I have a call into the manufacturer querying about the Cocoon pant delay and have not yet heard back. Ryan

In GEAR » Cocoon Pants Status
October 08, 1:23pm

Re: Pre-order policy
Hi All, ran off with the interest for a trip to Yellowstone Park with my Dad for a few days, he was visiting from Seattle. Picked up strep throat and a 104F fever along the way, just now back to li...

In GEAR » Cocoon Pants Status
October 07, 9:19am

Re: McHale Summit Pack Dimensions
>> What are the approximate dimensions of the main compartment? ~6" thick x 24" (frame length, tall), 12" wide.

In Post-Trip Reports » Yellowstone / Beartooths Trek
October 03, 10:25pm

Re: McHale Summit Pack
Tim: no it's not on his site. "Summit Pack" refers to the size as much as the design. It's actually more of a Subpop style design, just a very small one. The main compartment is around 2200-2400 ci...

In Post-Trip Reports » Yellowstone / Beartooths Trek
September 30, 9:46pm

Re: Almost - Zero Wgt Tripod
Cool setup, Bill. What kind of ballhead is that and what does it weight? My current "total kit" I use for more serious backcountry photgraphy is still based on a digital P&S camera: Canon S70...

In Post-Trip Reports » Yellowstone / Beartooths Trek
September 30, 4:11pm

Re: Re: Lightsabre Bivy
>> You mentioned about the suboptimal performance of EPIC in the 15-25F range on a still, humid night. Does this extend to tents as well? Nope. The physics are way different. That is being resea...

In GEAR » Henry Shires upcoming shelters
September 30, 1:43pm

Re: Zero wgt tripod
Jack, that's a great idea, actually. It would be pretty easy to make that part of 'camp chores' in the evenings, then i'd have a tripod for the evening and morning light, when it's needed most. ...

In Post-Trip Reports » Yellowstone / Beartooths Trek
September 30, 1:40pm

Lightsabre Bivy
I've used a Lightsabre bivy a bunch. I've drawn the straw to do BPL's big bivy review to come out in the spring, so I've had a lot of fun since last winter testing various fabrics and bivy designs....

In GEAR » Henry Shires upcoming shelters
September 29, 9:36pm

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