Ryan Jordan

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“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 […]

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 […]

Zero Bars

Life lived simple Dreamy and warranted Jealous of people who blog about their one hundred things But wondering how we might live without 60 second coffee brewed on a Jetboil And still remain addicted to our iPhones and their gateway to a cluttered world. Packing light Driving to a trailhead Hoping for something other than […]

The Practical and Natural Simplicity of Backcountry Gear

Everyone has different objectives when they visit a Wild Place. Some go to escape, some go to return, some go to get exercise, some go to fish or photograph or climb or rest, and some go to play with gear. I love playing with gear at home, in my backyard. I loathe having to mess […]