Jeff Ryan, Author & Speaker

Photo of Mountain Goat ©2017

Back among the mountain goats

Exploring the backcountry of the Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument gives you incredible insights into the force of the mountain’s blast and nature’s ability to recover. Here in the face of the blast zone, trunks of giant Douglas firs stand tall and lifeless, driftwood-like remnants of the eruption still marking the event. Yet, the ground beneath them is now covered with grasses and shrubs. Hawks circle above and elk herds and mountain goats have returned to browse the grass.

Just before I rounded a corner on the Mount Margaret range, I heard the sound of hooves. In only a few seconds, the family of mountain goats I startled was perched on a rock outcropping to my left. Another unexpected highlight and reward for simply putting the pack on and walking.Goats on cliff


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Jeffrey H Ryan is an author, adventurer, photographer and historian. He has written several books about his outdoor exploits, his fascination with hiking trails and the people and places found just off the beaten path. His debut book, Appalachian Odyssey: A 28-year hike on America's trail was hailed by the former Executive Editor of National Geographic as "a classic of nature and travel writing" and set off a national tour (in a 1985 VW camper, no less). His books are known for weaving a deep appreciation for history into walks across contemporary landscapes that give readers the feeling they are hiking right alongside. When Jeff isn't trekking, chasing down a great story or spinning yarns from his keyboard, he enjoys sharing his adventures with audiences who love the outdoors. He spends much of his time in his beloved native state of Maine.


  • October 20, 2017

    Hi, Jeff! This is so inspiring, to be able to see nature recovering itself and life coming back here again. I`m wondering, where are you planning to go next?


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