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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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Flash Reviews No. 14
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In Editor's Roundtable » Flash Reviews No. 14
August 25, 10:59pm

Faces No. 2: Jim Harris
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In Editor's Roundtable » Faces No. 2: Jim Harris
August 25, 10:48pm

groundsheets: cuben vs. silnylon vs. polycro etc.
Very interesting thread(s), the relationship between groundsheets, function, and failure. Other than the obvious bit of skill that goes into all this (selecting ground cover for a campsite that ...

In GEAR » New MLD Solomid owner with questions
August 03, 10:32pm

First Fish on Tenkara
There are milestones well worth celebrating, and this is one of them! Good for you for capturing the moment with an image, and sharing the story here. Great work, dad :)

In Fishing » Son's first fish with a Tenkara rod
August 03, 10:18pm

Teton Microadventure
Richard: GREAT story. Thanks for sharing it! Having done similar "microadventures" with massive to and fro road trips during my college years, I can certainly relate. I enjoyed the read.

In Editor's Roundtable » Microadventures: Breaking Down the Barriers of Visiting a Wild Place
August 03, 9:43pm

John Muir and Robert Marshall: Actions and Ideologies
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In Editor's Roundtable » John Muir and Robert Marshall: Actions and Ideologies
June 30, 11:50pm

Flash Reviews No. 10
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In Editor's Roundtable » Flash Reviews No. 10
June 30, 11:40pm

Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 19
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In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Backpacking News: Digest No. 19
June 26, 7:44pm

While it's tempting to think that the chlorine donation from Aquatabs is similar to the chlorine donation from bleach (or a hypochlorite formulation), sodium dichloroisocyanurate creates a more...

In Editor's Roundtable » Flash Reviews No. 9
June 17, 4:56pm

Flash Reviews No. 9
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In Editor's Roundtable » Flash Reviews No. 9
June 16, 10:30pm

All Reader Reviews by Ryan Jordan

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Snow Peak Gigapower Ti
No complaints on the form factor, heat output, and incredibly compact size. Pot supports are not aggressive and small pots / mugs with smooth bottoms, like Snow Peak's own cookware, slide around. ...

In Stoves - Canister
August 02, 6:30pm

Claims indicate "significant" ClO2 (chlorine dioxide) formation but lab studies (see BPL Mag Issue 2) suggest otherwise, so there are still more hints of "chlorine" taste than Aquamira, which result f...

In Hydration - Water Treatment
August 02, 6:23pm

GoLite Ether Wind Shirt (Wisp HP)
Love the fabric. Needs to be full zip, and a double layer hood like the sleeper in this category - the Montane Lightspeed - would make this the top wind shirt on the planet without tipping the scales ...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
August 02, 6:20pm

Integral Designs eVENT Rain Jacket
Fix the sizing convention (I normally wear a medium/large but need to size up to the XL in this model to allow layering over a thin Polarguard sweater) and add two inches to the length and this jacket...

In Clothing - Raingear
August 02, 6:18pm

Integral Designs South Col Bivy (eVENT)
The right fabric, good dimensions, solid design. My go to bivy for alpine climbing and seriously foul wet/cold weather tarp camping in the cold. Condensation is seldom a problem, unlike any ****-te...

In Shelters - Bivy Sacks
August 02, 6:15pm

Backpackers Pantry Beef Stroganoff with Wild Mushrooms
Not many prepackaged meals seem worth the weight to me. This one is an exception, but it's primarily related to taste, even though its caloric density is very good (92 cal/oz) for a packaged dinner. ...

In Foods - Prepackaged Meals & Side Dishes
August 02, 6:11pm

Suunto X6
Barometric altimeter, magnetic compass, easy to use and intuitive menu interface with good visual cues, small, and light. The band is uncomfortable for long periods of wear (just replace with a clo...

In Navigation Gear & Accessories
August 02, 6:07pm

Pentax Optio WP
< 4.8 oz w/batteries, fully waterproof, decent optics, 5 MP, 0.6 oz battery spares, and pocketable in pants, or shirt. I can't imagine another camera that might have more mass market appeal than th...

In Photography - Hiking & Backpacking Cameras
August 02, 6:04pm

GoLite Breeze
I'll not be quite so harsh as Mark. I fell in love with the breeze after an 8-day trek across the Beartooths shortly after the pack was launched. Like any typical love affair, day 0 while it still had...

In Backpacks - Frameless
August 02, 11:55am

Tilley LT5
Tilley makes a lot of different hats. I see a lot of the mesh ones, especially the LTM5, on the trail. But I still think the LT5 is the most versatile. Full nylon that's uncoated means it's very breat...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
August 02, 2:33am