Ryan grew up in the flatlands of central California and from a young age sought adventure climbing trees and exploring the creeks in his backyard. In his youth, he discovered the joy of the mountains on backpacking trips. Through his adult years, life took many turns from the shores of Santa Cruz to the granite walls of Yosemite. He has spent nights in places most people would call crazy for the sake of adventure…and not having enough money for a hotel room or campsite. Now nestled in the heart of the easter Sierra Nevada of California with his wife, he spends his days working just enough to afford to get back into the mountains on the next adventure.