Ryan Jordan

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Swimming Slots and Intentional Living

Last spring, I spent 10 days exploring the water, canyons, slots, and mesas of Glen Canyon. One of my fondest memories was taking my friend and his 70-year old parents on a little bit of a day hike. I didn’t divulge all of the details of the hike – I was too afraid they wouldn’t […]

“I just want to be with my friends…”

Photo: Teenagers are social creatures. Why not let them enjoy each other on top of a 10,000 foot ridge instead of a bunk bed in a cabin down in the valley? When they earn and work and suffer together, they just might be more likely to stick together. This photo features the high adventure crew […]

Trail Journal (May 12, 2012): Explorer Canyon

Trail Journal – May 12, 2012 I’m in the midst of a nasty flu and I’m sweating, and extremely dehydrated. I ruptured a disk in my back three weeks ago. I miss my wife, she’s a thousand miles away. I’m in a psuedo-wilderness, camped in an alcove in the Escalante Arm of Lake Powell. My […]

Fringe Season Clothing

First, a definition. To some, like my friend Glen, the fringe season means that period of weeks where the pool temperature in San Diego creeps from its wintertime low in the 60s to its barely tolerable springtime comfort of 80. When my family hung out with Glen and his in a February, we were eager […]

UL Improv

As you transform from a novice ultralight backpacker into a seasoned ultralight backpacker, you will find yourself saying this less: “Oh no! I forgot ___________” And saying this more: “What gear and knowledge can I use to solve this problem?” Most manufacturers of ultralight shelters love to put all sorts of contraptions on their shelters […]