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Maia Jordan
(maia) - MLife

Locale: Rocky Mountains
Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness: Photo Essay on 10/09/2012 19:05:33 MDT Print View

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Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness: Photo Essay

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness: Photo Essay on 10/09/2012 19:30:00 MDT Print View

Nice pictures. Looks like an amazing place.

Are there grizzlies there? You must have to hang your food.

a b
Re: Re: Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness: Photo Essay on 10/09/2012 20:35:56 MDT Print View

The pictures make me smile.
What a great trip!

Clayton Mauritzen
(GlacierRambler) - F

Locale: NW Montana
Re: Re: Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness: Photo Essay on 10/09/2012 20:42:41 MDT Print View

I'm going to have to get down there soon. Beautiful pictures.

Mike M
(mtwarden) - MLife

Locale: Montana
AP on 10/09/2012 21:08:23 MDT Print View

nice pics Ryan!

one of my favorite haunts- beautiful views and there is some tremendous fishing in many of those alpine lakes- I'm talking big (big) fish

no grizzlies (very, very occasional sighting)

5# cutbow :)


Roger B
(rogerb) - MLife

Locale: Here and there
Re: Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness: Photo Essay on 10/10/2012 00:05:41 MDT Print View

Thanks really enjoyed this post with its wonderful photos, the gear list makes for informative reading as well.

@Mike great looking fish there.

joe newton

Locale: Bergen, Norway
Thumbs up on 10/10/2012 03:59:10 MDT Print View

Great photos, nice fish and interesting gear list. Thanks for sharing this Ryan.

James Marco
(jamesdmarco) - MLife

Locale: Finger Lakes
Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness: Photo Essay on 10/10/2012 04:56:50 MDT Print View

Looks like a great trip! Really good pictures!

Looks like a great summer hangout, one of those places you wouldn't get me out of anytime soon. (drool...slobber, slobber, drool...)

Mike, nice fish!

Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: All up in there
Re: Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness: Photo Essay on 10/10/2012 06:26:39 MDT Print View

Nice job.

Michael Cheifetz
(mike_hefetz) - MLife

Locale: Israel
sleep system? on 10/10/2012 06:28:43 MDT Print View

RJ - as always nice looking photos :)

RE sleep system: what down fill weight was in Ben's pullover? and why did you opt for a down jkt while synth pants?
I would assume you donned the jkt on rest stops as well...not concerned about precip and sweat?


Eugene Smith
(Eugeneius) - MLife

Locale: Nuevo Mexico
Re: Re: Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness: Photo Essay on 10/10/2012 08:35:17 MDT Print View

Your passion and love for photography and image making process comes across strongly in your work Ryan, these are really beautiful examples. I can't even imaging having such access to big and wild country such as this, it blows my mind.

Thanks for sharing your world.

todd h
(funnymoney) - MLife

Locale: SE
Re: Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness: Photo Essay on 10/10/2012 09:08:23 MDT Print View

Thanks Ryan, for putting this together for us!

What a great photo essay. Picturesque the whole time, it looks like. Like Eugene, I long for settings like that.

Jolly Green Giant
(regultr) - MLife

Re: Re: Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness: Photo Essay on 10/10/2012 11:31:04 MDT Print View

Ryan - Can you provide your food list. Thanks.

Ryan Jordan
(ryan) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Greater Yellowstone
Re: sleep system? on 10/10/2012 13:49:36 MDT Print View

@Mike - this is a 900 fill jacket, long length, hood, pullover style, and very puffy - but definitely not a winter class coat. I brought synth pants because I don't have a pair of down pants right now, or I would have brought those to save a little weight, maybe. I wasn't expecting sustained foul weather, and if I was, I would have switched to an all-synthetic system (including jacket, pants, and quilt).

I don't think I ever wore the jacket at rest stops. Day temps were in the 50s or higher, so I usually added my windshirt, rain jacket, and watch cap at cool rest stops.

Ryan Jordan
(ryan) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Greater Yellowstone
Re: Re: Re: Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness: Photo Essay on 10/10/2012 13:51:52 MDT Print View

@regultr: I don't have a food list, but there was nothing unusual here. The usual snacks for daytime (dry meat, cheese, chocolate, nuts), cereals with freeze dried fruit/nuts/cream for breakfasts (meusli, granola, or creamed wheat), and typical pasta-meat-cheese-sour cream-etc. freeze dried dinners (albeit homemade and calorie-dense).

Ryan Jordan
(ryan) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Greater Yellowstone
Anaconda-Pintler on 10/10/2012 13:53:05 MDT Print View

Thanks for all of your kind comments. Words and even pictures can't convey what I feel about this place. It's incredible, and reminds me of Alaska. The spaces here are very big.

Tony Wong
(Valshar) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: Anaconda-Pintler & Sony RX100 on 10/10/2012 13:59:57 MDT Print View


Wow....thanks for sharing your photos and journey with us about your side of the world.

Question for you regarding your camera:

How do you like the compact Sony RX100 vs. the Sony NEX5/7 series?

I have been debating both the RX100 vs. the NEX5N.

As much as I like the idea of the larger sensor on the NEX, the smaller form factor of the RX100 being "pocketable" is important to me.

Your shots look great and makes me lean even more towards the RX100.

Curious to get your thoughts.

As a side note, I was "shocked"/surprised that you are using the Jetboil system vs. something like a Caldera Cone....though, the weight on the Jetboil you was using is compellingly low, if that includes the weight of the mug to cook in.

Thanks again for your thoughts and great article.


Ryan Jordan
(ryan) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Greater Yellowstone
Re: Re: Anaconda-Pintler & Sony RX100 on 10/10/2012 14:05:16 MDT Print View

@Tony -

The RX100 offers remarkable image quality for its weight. The photos here don't do it justice. Something weird happens when the photos were published online at BPL and I can't figure it out, but Flickr shows this one off much nicer:

The thing I really like about the RX100 is the quality of the image when the lens is zoomed. Power of Zeiss optics, maybe. It's good stuff.

vs. NEX7 - NEX7 still has quite an edge and better DoF control, but the RX100 is very capable and its pocketability is be a big bonus.

Luke Schmidt
(Cameron) - MLife

Locale: The WOODS
Cool Report! on 10/10/2012 14:09:56 MDT Print View

Cool reports, first the Lamar report now this one. Keep them coming. A well written story is fun but some trips are best reported with a set of good photos.

Dan Durston
(dandydan) - F

Montana on 10/10/2012 19:34:19 MDT Print View

With all the awesome trip reports coming from Ryan J (Lamar, A-P) and Dave. C (Crown of the Continent et al), I'm starting to wonder if Montana tourism is slipping BPL a few greenbacks. It's sure working for me.

Warren Greer
(WarrenGreer) - F

Locale: SoCal
Very nice on 10/10/2012 20:03:15 MDT Print View

This is the essence of BPL. And very inspiring as Dan pointed out. Thanks for sharing so much and reponding to the many good questions that were asked.

Cheryl McCormick
(cherylmccormick) - M
Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness on 10/11/2012 09:16:54 MDT Print View

I was feeling skeptical driving west through Dakota, Wyoming, and Montana before meeting up with you in the Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness for the trek. For 1,000 miles the landscape was desert-like dry and brown with poor views because of the fire smog. What a relief to get in the mountains and see forests and greenery. You captured a lot of the beauty with your great photographic skills and patience waiting for the right light.
Bet ya wanted to fish more though, huh?

Robert Burke
(coastiebob) - MLife

Locale: Wishing I was Backpacking
A Very Good Trip on 10/11/2012 10:55:50 MDT Print View

Hey All,

I just wanted to chime in on a couple of things. First, we had a great group and that always makes a big difference. Next, it was ideal fall weather with very little adverse weather and no bugs or predators!

If you have not been on a trek with Ryan Jordan, I would consider coughing up the time and money. Ryan Jordan (and Ryan Connelly as well), were tremendously patient going over their thoughts on gear and where ultralight and lightweight backpacking is going in the future. IMO, 5 days of discussion on techniques, etc was worth the time and money. I would opt for the intermediate course if you are already an experienced lightweight guy. If you have not done as much lightweight backpacking, the Bootcamp would be a perfect place for you to start!

I am hoping BPL will offer a Winter Boot Camp as I think that would be great for many of us who have done some good 3 season work, but would like to head out in the wintertime (in Montana) with some true experts.

Bob Burke

Kirt Williams
(kirt_williams) - MLife
Re: Re: Re: Anaconda-Pintler & Sony RX100 on 10/11/2012 11:38:44 MDT Print View

I saw on your packing list that you used a polarizing filter on the RX100, which can give the sky a beautiful deep blue look. How did you attach the filter? I didn't see threads on the lens.

Eric Lundquist
(cobberman) - F - M

Locale: Northern Colorado
Re: Re: Re: Re: Anaconda-Pintler & Sony RX100 on 10/11/2012 11:49:58 MDT Print View


Ryan's likely using some Lensmate accessories or something similar.

Edited by cobberman on 10/11/2012 11:50:28 MDT.

Ryan Jordan
(ryan) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Greater Yellowstone
RX100 Filter Adapter on 10/11/2012 12:24:18 MDT Print View

@Kirt - An adapter from Jens Färber ( It's a simple machined plastic ring with double sided tape that sticks right onto the camera front. It's "weightless" (!) and almost silly in terms of its practical engineering, and works flawlessly.

Sam Haraldson
(sharalds) - MLife

Locale: Gallatin Range
Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness: Photo Essay on 10/11/2012 15:28:00 MDT Print View

Great photos and captions, Ryan. Torie and were hiking some of those same sections over the 4th of July weekend. Such a spectacular place!

Michael Fogarty
(mfog1) - MLife

Locale: Midwest
Awesome ! on 10/13/2012 11:55:45 MDT Print View

The APW has been on my wish list for many years. My dream trip would be hiking the CDT from the Canadian border to the APW southern border.

Edited by mfog1 on 10/13/2012 17:48:37 MDT.

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
spam on 10/14/2012 19:00:48 MDT Print View


Mary D
(hikinggranny) - MLife
Spam attack on 10/14/2012 19:12:40 MDT Print View

Greg, are you hitting the red flag on these? I think that's the only way the mods find out!

John Yates
(yates) - M
Tripod on 10/15/2012 10:15:48 MDT Print View


I like the pictures. Can you give any details about the tripod you used?

Chris S
(csteutterman) - F

Locale: Tahoe
Re: Tripod -- and Steripen on 10/16/2012 11:43:40 MDT Print View

I'm also interested in the tripod details.

Also curious which container you used to treat the water with the steripen. Were you using the ziploc 24oz bowl or the Jetboil and just treating less than a liter at a time?

And very nice photos. That's an interesting effect on the limestone creeks picture.

Nico .
(NickB) - MLife

Locale: Los Padres National Forest
Tripod +2 on 10/16/2012 11:59:53 MDT Print View

I too am interested in the tripod...

You can catch a glimpse of it with a few little details here:

Mark Smith

Locale: Southeast
Last year on 10/16/2012 12:07:26 MDT Print View

@Chris: I was on the trip with Ryan and Chris Wallace last year. I think that I remember Ryan using a platypus that he cut off a fourth of it so that you could scoop water, use the Steripen, and then drink.

@Ryan: I almost contacted you about trying to slide into this trip. Seeing the pics makes me see I made a mistake, even if I would have lost my job. Next time!

Peter S
(prse) - MLife

Locale: Denmark
Great Article on 10/29/2012 09:23:25 MDT Print View

Beautiful pictures and inspirational packlist with useful comments.

Keep up the good work!

/Peter S