Jeffrey H. Ryan Hiker Author Photographer Speaker Podcaster Director

Interview with the Round Hill AT Festival Team

I had a wonderful interview with the organizers of the upcoming Round Hill Appalachian Trail festival about my newest book. I look forward to taking part in the festival again this year on June 11th, where I’ll be sharing secrets about eating healthy meals on the trail, planning trips, and more. 

A surprising summer escape

“What a nice surprise to stumble on this treasure of a story! I live in Vermont now but have been to Maine many times to visit with my son and his family. None of the names of the towns in this book sounded familiar but I googled and found that this story takes place not […]

New Book Trailer for Hermit

When you happen upon the story of a lifetime, you are destined to follow it, nurture it and bring it out into the light.

I created this book trailer to give you a flavor for who I went about telling this remarkable tale.

Reader’s Favorite Ranks “Hermit” a 5-Star Read

The author’s holy grail is the story that readers can’t stop reading. I was grateful to receive that kind of feedback when I was drafting and editing my manuscript from a hand-selected audience of publishing professionals and friends.

A few weeks ago, I sent a review copy of my manuscript for Hermit: The Mysterious Life of Jim Whyte to the folks at Reader’s Favorite. Here’s what they had to say:

Pakpod tripod is my new favorite piece of gear

As many of you know, I spend a lot of time on the road and on the trails. Way back when I spent six months on the Pacific Crest Trail, I brought along a packable tripod. It was deficient in most ways. For one, it was too small. The legs weren’t long enough to support […]

Blazing Ahead book review in Appalachia Journal

Photo of Appalachia Journal Winter/Spring 2018 cover

It is not surprising that an enterprise as monumental as a 2,190-mile hiking trail would be fraught with challenges: conceptual, physical, political, and financial. Blend in strong personalities, deeply held beliefs, and competing interests, and you’ve got yourself quite a story. Jeffrey Ryan has written a tightly researched, well-crafted book that will interest both hiking […]

Nice review of Blazing Ahead by The Conway Daily Sun

Photo of White Birch Books, North Conway, New Hampshire. ©2017 www.JeffRyanAuthor.com

I visited North Conway, New Hampshire last week, where I had a chance to be interviewed by intrepid hiker, Ed Parsons. Old hikers usually get along famously, which was certainly the case here. Ed writes a great weekly article about day hikes in the White Mountains for The Conway Daily Sun and had recently finished […]

Kudos for Appalachian Odyssey

A view from Skyline Drive

“I like wandering through the woods and doing some light hiking, but I have absolutely no desire to camp out anywhere that doesn’t involve a cabin, a bed, and a hot shower. So it may surprise people that I thoroughly enjoyed a memoir about hiking the Appalachian Trail. But I did!” — The Book Fetish […]

Recent reviews

“You have to give Jeff Ryan credit for his determination, stamina, and love of the outdoors. … He loved every hike, and that love and enjoyment comes through in his book, Appalachian Odyssey, published by Down East Books.” — George Smith, Bangor Daily News “Wonderful read; engaging story.  Live the trail; read this book.” — Rich K. […]