Ryan Jordan

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The Lone Ranger (Backcountry Skiing in the Beartooth Mountains)

  The Lone Ranger Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, 2004 I’m a sucker for final scenes of old western movies. You know, the one where the cowboy’s riding away from the camera on some dusty desert trail with a tired horse and bandaged head? Montana backcountry skiers know this feeling well. It comes after a long day of […]

The Wilderness Day Planner

The Wilderness Day Planner Uinta Mountains UT, August 2009 In 2003, Chase and I were about on the same plane with respect to our obsessive-compulsive tendencies about organization. Once, he lined up about 200 Matchbox cars in a big sweeping curve across the living room. When he left the room to go pee, I snuck […]

Wild Places Here and Afar

  The Brooks Range from the Western Arctic Photo by Ryan Jordan, June 2006.   I really miss the Alaskan Arctic because it’s a Big Wild Place. I don’t know that I’ve trekked anywhere else where I’ve discovered as much about who I am. Some of that was related to the challenges the Arctic delivered […]

A Little Nordic Skier Among Big Aspens, Red Lodge Montana (Photo)

  A Little Nordic Skier Among Big Aspens, Red Lodge Montana (Photo) Panasonic GF1, 20/1.7 Our family spent last weekend at a cabin in Red Lodge, Montana, on sort of a family retreat. We played games, skied, snowshoed, took pictures, soaked in a hot tub, sat in front of the fire, watched Little House on […]