Yosemite Lead Wilderness Guide
Backpack Trips & Adventure Hikes
In the absence of modern conveniences, we are able to give nature our undivided attention. Observations of the changing seasons, the unique displays of earth and water, and the daily co-mingling of all living things will never cease to amaze me. – R. Potts
Ryan’s love of wilderness exploration has been an integral part of his character for as long as he can remember. Much of his youth was spent wandering the chaparral mountains and the desert washes of Southern California. He was introduced to the Yosemite high country as a teenager when made a month long solo walk traversing the John Muir Trail. Ryan has also crossed the U.S. on a bicycle, backpacking many of our most revered natural places along the way. He has worked as a guide in central America, taking visitors to mangrove inlets and outer island reefs in his dugout canoe. He walked the Pacific Crest Trail with his wife Tamara, a 2,600 mile journey from Mexico to Canada. His latest, and by far, greatest adventure began in October with the birth of his daughter Mari. She will be touring Yosemite’s backcountry this summer.
Ryan has made it a priority to simplify his life and live more in tune with the natural world. He holds a degree in environmental studies from U.C. Santa Barbara. Trained in bio-intensive farm practices, he has grown organic vegetables for the local farmer’s market. Ryan has spent many years in the ocean as a surfer and commercial salmon fisherman, working in Alaska and California. His study of wilderness survival, including the wide variety of useful western plants is ongoing. Following the apprenticeship with the co-creator of Chaco Sandals, Ryan has continued to develop his own line of footwear and outdoor gear. He is currently building a small business, offering a variety of eco-friendly yurts (traditional Mongolian portable homes).
In all his travels, Ryan has not found a place that bests Yosemite’s display of sheer natural splendor. He believes a trip here is certain to create vivid cherished memories, and he would be honored to be included in an adventure as your guide.