Ryan Jordan

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Feeling chaotic about your life? Todo list a little too long? Schedule too overwhelming? Toxic relationships? Debt dragging you down? Maybe its time to take inventory, and revisit your values. Values are a reflection of identity. They also provide the foundation for relational intimacy, trust, and appreciation. Two people may not share the same beliefs, […]


Sam Fulbright of PCM wrote a wonderful post over at WW Dreams that he might have thought was about paddling, but was really about life. Life’s trials are like a paddler’s swims. Other times, you try to roll, and can’t. You try again, and can’t. You’re head hits a rock here, a rock there. Maybe […]

“I’m Ready to Help.”

“I’m Ready to Help.” I’ve been a guide for a long time. Officially, I started 25 years ago. For the last many years, I’ve heard the same old thing from my son, usually after he sees the photos from my trips: “I wanna go.” “I wanna catch those fish.” “I wanna sleep up there.” “I […]

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 […]

It’s Pretty Simple: Be Best Friends

I was originally going to write this as a letter to my Ultralight Life subscribers but the advice is too valuable to keep private. Stephanie and I don’t have a perfect marriage but we have a marriage that people notice, and ask questions about because they like what they see enough to overlook our blemishes. […]