Jeffrey H. Ryan Hiker Author Photographer Speaker Podcaster Director

Finding the Trail Home 

North Cascades from Pacific Crest Trail, circa 1983. ©www.JeffRyanAuthor.com

North Cascades from Pacific Crest Trail, circa 1983. ©www.JeffRyanAuthor.com Forty years ago, I spent a glorious six months under the sun and stars. We (my Pacific Crest Trail hiking partners and me) slept on the ground every night except one and employed the tent only when common sense dictated. Our playgrounds were the deserts and […]

Hiking and Mental Health

Really enjoyed my wide-ranging chat with Jay Barone of The Curiosity Chamber podcast about the importance of green space and getting outdoors as it relates to our well-being. 

Green Mountain National Forest adds 2,100 acres

The new acquisition includes a variety of streams and bogs. (US Forest Service photo.) The Trust for Public Land has facilitated the purchase of over 2,100 acres in southern Vermont in proximity to the Appalachian Trail.  The forest land adjoining existing Green Mountain National Forest lands includes 688 acres in northeast Pownal, 1,251 acres in […]

New Podcast Explores History of the Appalachian Trail

Professor Mills Kelly of George Mason University and his team have put together a wonderful podcast series about the history of the Appalachian Trail. If you’ve ever wondered how the trail came into being or what went on behind the scenes to get it built, this is a great place to start. I look forward […]

Permethrin Tick Repellent and Cats Don’t Mix

"cute cat" by Helgi Halldórsson/Freddi is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

In recent years, spraying clothing or gear with the insecticide Permethrin has become a popular way to help reduce the chance of getting Lyme disease. (Permethrin essentially prevents tick bites.) But if you own pets, beware. The concentration of permethrin used to prevent ticks on dogs (typically 45% or higher) can cause tremors, seizures and, […]

Talking Maine Hiking with Triple Crown Hiker Elysha Dyer on Mainely Matters Podcast

I really enjoyed the opportunity to chat up Maine hiking destinations and long-distance hiking with fellow trail enthusiast Elysha Dyer and host of the Mainely Matters podcast, Brian Bickford. With over 80 land trusts, 600,000 acres of public reserved land, scores of state and private parks, and Acadia National Park, Maine has trails for enthusiasts […]

How to eat healthier on the trail

Cooking in the backcountry

Time was when eating healthy food on the trail was a lot more work than it was worth.

But with more companies meeting the demand for more flavorful, less processed foods, it’s easier to carry even green, leafy vegetables into the backcountry than ever before.

A Section Hiker’s Guide to the Hundred Mile Wilderness

The northernmost stretch of the Appalachian Trail winds 114 miles from the last trail town Monson, Maine to the summit of Katahdin. Over the years this remote section has acquired the name “Hundred Mile Wilderness.”

Here are some tips for planning a trip through this special place.