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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: Ryan's Yellowstone Hike
John, I actually have a Manfrotto Digi 714SHB. It's a little lighter, but shorter than the 714B. The difference in height, seems to me to be related only to photographer comfort (not a big deal for...

In Post-Trip Reports » Yellowstone / Beartooths Trek
September 29, 8:55pm

Re: Ryan's Yellowstone Hike
>> Thanks for the great photo story, I enjoyed it tremendously. I'm hoping you will do more of these in the future! Thank YOU - all. It's the interaction and community, and not the vanity of the...

In Post-Trip Reports » Yellowstone / Beartooths Trek
September 29, 5:27pm

Re: Ryan's Yellowstone Gear List
OK, this message specifically addresses my wish list for changes: >> Pack: McHale Summit Pack Same pack in a lighter fabric. >> Bag: Expedition Arc Alpinist Same bag in synthetic ;) ...

In Post-Trip Reports » Yellowstone / Beartooths Trek
September 29, 5:04pm

Ryan's Yellowstone Gear List
This is transcribed from the gear list I actually recorded while on the trail. Weights aren't there, but you get the idea. This wasn't SUL by any stretch. It was selected for comfort (for me!) over...

In Post-Trip Reports » Yellowstone / Beartooths Trek
September 29, 4:50pm

Re: Yellowstone/ Beartooths Trek.
>> Ryan, How did your feet hold up to the cold/wet conditions? How did you like the Montrail Hardrocks? It pretty much sucked: 1. During the day, cross streams hiking and fishing. Wet feet. ...

In Post-Trip Reports » Yellowstone / Beartooths Trek
September 29, 4:06pm

Ryan's Yellowstone Trip
>> The yellowstone trip looks really great. DId you see many people? Day 1: 2 rangers, poaching patrol from YNP. Day 2: 1 party of six on horseback. Day 3-6: nobody. Day 7: three groups...

In Post-Trip Reports » Yellowstone / Beartooths Trek
September 29, 12:03pm

Re: Re: Ryan's Yellowstone Hike Sleep System
Tent vs. Tarp in bear country. The only meaningful thing I've read is about shelter COLOR in POLAR bear country. Either there isn't enough data, or the data is inconclusive, regarding tents v...

In Post-Trip Reports » Yellowstone / Beartooths Trek
September 29, 10:54am

Re: Cuben Fiber
I'd be more than happy to bring Cuben in for the DIY crowd here at BPL - but only if they put their blessing on it for resale. Let me know if there is an interest here, but yes, like Bill said, it ...

In Make Your Own Gear » Cuben/Amigo H2O Water Filter Bag/Replacement
September 28, 8:46pm

Nano Bivy
>> Will the nano bivy use the light material for its bottom? What about the top cover part? Bill, the Vapr NANO Bivy will use a similar (not exact) material used in the tarp for the bottom. The ...

In Post-Trip Reports » Yellowstone / Beartooths Trek
September 28, 8:42pm

Re: Ryan's Yellowstone Trip
>> How did you pack, or in what did you pack, your sleeping bag(s)? In a Nano stuff sack (prototype, size M like our others in the BPL store, 600 ci, 0.25 oz) lined with a 0.3 oz mylar turkey ro...

In Post-Trip Reports » Yellowstone / Beartooths Trek
September 28, 6:04pm

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