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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.
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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I'm not sure when but the full Spectra HMG packs will be made available to the public. My 4400 in size L weighs 40 oz. @jrscruggs my starting pack weight with 9 days of food was 37# - 16# of...

In Editor's Roundtable » Trekking the High Uintas Wilderness: Circumnavigation of the Rock Creek Shelf
August 30, 3:31am

OK, so is this the same thing? Link: Patio Storm Door Kit - is this polycro? I like polycro for its weight and feel, so would rather not deviate from that. I see that they have it listed agai...

In Editor's Roundtable » Trekking the High Uintas Wilderness: Circumnavigation of the Rock Creek Shelf
August 29, 12:57pm

Martin Titanium Knife
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In Editor's Roundtable » Martin Titanium Knife
August 12, 10:59pm

MYOG: Backpack fabrics, features, and dimensions
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In Editor's Roundtable » MYOG: Backpack fabrics, features, and dimensions
July 30, 12:29am

Evaluating outdoor gear with open source hardware
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In Editor's Roundtable » Evaluating outdoor gear with open source hardware
July 30, 12:28am

Gear Guide: Packrafts
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In Editor's Roundtable » Gear Guide: Packrafts
July 23, 12:08am

Pick Up Your Feet
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In Editor's Roundtable » Pick Up Your Feet
June 03, 10:18pm

BPL GROUP COOKING Recipe Contest: Jetboil Joule Giveaway
Backpacking Light will be publishing a review of the Jetboil Joule cooking system (inverted canister large volume) on July 9 to coincide with a recipe contest/giveaway. The contest winner wi...

In Editor's Roundtable » BPL GROUP COOKING Recipe Contest: Jetboil Joule Giveaway
May 21, 3:09pm

The Massanutten Ridges of Virginia
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In Editor's Roundtable » The Massanutten Ridges of Virginia
April 30, 12:08am

Re: Re: Tenkara, Patagucci style
@Glenn - thank you, excellent feedback. We'll try to offer more unique content not available elsewhere as we move forward publishing book excerpts.

In Editor's Roundtable » An Introduction to Simple Fly Fishing
April 23, 6:55pm

All Reader Reviews by Ryan Jordan

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Leukotape P Sports Tape
I'm with Al. There is no competition here. Anybody still using duct tape is living in the dark ages. Leukotape P is breathable, stretchy (and thus, form-fitting), and most important, resilient. I put ...

In First Aid and Survival Gear & Accessories
November 03, 10:49pm

MSR Titan Kettle
Also one of my favorite pots. I like the fact that the lid is very tight because I don't have to carry a stuff sack to contain my cook kit in my pack; however, the tight lid makes it hard to check the...

In Cookware - Titanium
November 03, 9:44am

Princeton Tec EOS
Few headlights really jazz me up. This is one of them. Even though it's now more than a year old, its ruggedness, light quality, and battery miserness remains outstanding. It's also really easy ...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
November 01, 11:30pm

GoLite Virga
My Virga is the pre-production model, I think the same one Don had; 6 oz jacket, no pockets, straight hem, 2 layer fabric. I think the production model will be 2.5 layer and have a pocket. I used i...

In Clothing - Raingear
October 25, 2:13pm

Sierra Designs Isotope
Waterproof is a stretch, you can read about that in our review here. In ...

In Clothing - Raingear
March 01, 12:15am

Coleman Exponent Xtreme Stove
A serious competitor to the Simmerlite, because of its fuel efficiency and cleaner burning (better for tents, vestibules, snow caves, etc) for melting snow in the winter. There is still some question ...

In Stoves - White Gas
December 06, 5:59pm

Last Breath: The Limits of Adventure by Peter Stark
Last Breath, told from the perspective of the first person in extreme physiologically stressful situations (hypothermia, dehydration, etc.) is incredibly engaging: it puts you smack in the middle of t...

In Books and Media
December 06, 5:54pm

Golite Hex 3
I use the Hex 3 for two applications: 1. Family camping. 2. Winter ski trips as a shared shelter. For #1, we often use the enclosed Nest (car trips) and I made a velcro netting perimeter we use...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
December 01, 9:42am

Kelly Kettle
The recent review of the Stratus Trailstove motivated me to post a review of a simil...

In Stoves - Other
August 07, 10:38pm

Montrail Hardrock
The Montrail Hardrock is the logical successor to the Vitesse II, which will likely be discontinued soon. I think the Hardrock has advantages over the Vitesse: - better underfoot protection; - ...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
August 07, 5:52pm