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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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My PDF Gear ListFall 2007 Absaroka Backbone

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All Forum Posts by Ryan Jordan

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Re: Nano fabric
>> Any chance we'll see a Nano fabric poncho tarp? Yes, it's being used in a whole new line of gear to be launched in the next few months. Ponchos, tarps, stuff sacks, bear bag sack upgrades to ...

In Post-Trip Reports » Yellowstone / Beartooths Trek
September 28, 1:36pm

Re: Ryan's Yellowstone sleep system
>> And how,not to bring up a sore point, did you injure your back? good prospects for full recovery? I broke my back (fractured sacrum) in July. Spent 6 weeks doing absolutely nothing. Went on a...

In Post-Trip Reports » Yellowstone / Beartooths Trek
September 28, 1:04pm

Ryan's Yellowstone Hike Sleep System
I struggled with the sleep system on this trip (sunny day at the trailhead, easy to jettison gear :)) The options I considered: 1. Arc X (16 oz) 2. Expedition Arc Alpinist (21 oz total) 3...

In Post-Trip Reports » Yellowstone / Beartooths Trek
September 28, 12:59pm

Photos: Ryan's Yellowstone Hike
This is a long and bandwidth-rich post. It will take some time to download because of the photos. --- OK, settling down now post hike. Here's a few photos and annotations on gear, the trip, wea...

In Post-Trip Reports » Yellowstone / Beartooths Trek
September 28, 1:52am

Make Your Own Gear: Shortening a Therm-a-Rest UltraLite Self-Inflating Pad
Companion forum thread to: Make Your Own Gear: Shortening a Therm-a-Rest UltraLite Self-Inflating Pad

In Make Your Own Gear » Make Your Own Gear: Shortening a Therm-a-Rest UltraLite Self-Inflating Pad
September 27, 10:54pm

Canon 1Ds Question for Photo Guys
Anatoly, The 1Ds is a beast. I do understand part of the reason why you might use it for outdoor photography - weatherproof seals. However, at several $k and #lbs, it's a beast in more ways t...

In GEAR » Backcountry Photography
September 27, 9:34am

Re: BMW synthetic arc X quilt ETA?
taking a final prototype with me to yellowstone this week, i'm using it as an overbag to my 15-ounce arc x. the cocoon quilt is polarguard delta, pertex quantum, and 11 ounces. For a 26 ounce sleep...

In GEAR » Lightweight Synthetic Bag?
September 13, 4:24pm

Re: Ryan--Ankh if you love Isis
Rapture is delayed, because the next round of prototypes are being made by Brian Frankle, and the bum: he's out hiking for a few months! Torsolites: expecting them any day... :(

In GEAR » TorsoLite Update
September 13, 1:05pm

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: "Jetboil" stove
John is welcome to post grievances about online merchants in our forums. I believe that it's valuable information and consumers should be made aware of organizations that rip people off or otherwis...

In Make Your Own Gear » Alcohol Stove
September 13, 12:19pm

Re: video
Let's keep the discussion on track to what John initially posted. John: Please feel free to tell us more about the stove in the video. I'm sure our readers would love to know how to make one the...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Heads up!!-- look at this video!!!!
September 11, 1:17am

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