Ryan Jordan

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November in Montana is exciting because of the promise of snow. Before November, you have to go to high elevations to find snow, like in this photo, which is my camp in Maloney Basin in the Anaconda-Pintlar Wilderness with the Ultralight Backpacking Boot Camp on the night of November 1, 2012. The promise of snow […]

Tenkara Fly Fishing and Packrafting on Montana’s West Fork Bitterroot River and Rock Creek

Brian and I have been friends, and fly fishing partners, for a long time. We’ve spent a fair bit of time logging trail miles and floating together, always searching for streams off the beaten path that hold big trout. We like to spend our Spring Breaks in Western Montana. Sure, the beaches are a bit […]

Lake Chain Packrafting

Slow paddling through mountain lake chains offers a unique type of solitude and an entirely different way of seeing “routes”. In recent years, it’s become one of my favorite ways to travel through the mountains. The Martin Lake Chain in the Beartooth Range is a case in point. A traverse of this basin by foot, […]

The Versatility of the Pyramid as an Ultralight Shelter

  Bench Pitch A Buttercup Yellow Silnylon Pyramid in the Shadow of the Walling Reef, Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex (Sigma DP2s) The pyramid geometry is the most versatile shelter design for the wilderness trekker. A center pole means there is nothing to break unless you don’t pay attention under the heaviest snow loads, and with […]

My Favorite Treks: The Trident Traverse from Cody, WY

Trident, Northern Massif from Mountain Creek, Yellowstone National Park Sigma DP1, ISO 100, f/11, 1/30 sec. Click for a little bit bigger. In addition to flanking the remotest spot in the CONUS, the Trident (the mass of peaks and ridges making up the Trident Peak Massif) may be YNP’s coolest peak, due its sheer size […]