Jeffrey H. Ryan Hiker Author Photographer Speaker Podcaster Director

As seen in Everett Potter’s Travel Report

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Everett Potter is the editor-in-chief and publisher of Everett Potter’s Travel Report, a weekly news blog for smart travelers in search of value. The Wall Street Journal calls Everett Potter’s Travel Report “a terrific mix of profiles and interviews, all designed to make the best use of your travel budget.” He is also a travel […]

Back among the mountain goats

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https://youtu.be/KP6mFUNNQ_A 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, […]

Exploring the blast zone of Mount Saint Helens

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Mount Saint Helens erupted on May 18, 1980. Over the 37 plus years since, an incredible regeneration story is being told – one that surprised a number of wildlife professionals. Yet, the signs of devastation are still remarkable in their scale. Yesterday, my friend Ed Cardali and I spent the day exploring the blast zone. […]

Mount Saint Helens and Me

I am fascinated by threads. Especially ones that appear to be random, but reveal themselves as part of one magnificent whole. In early spring 1980, a few months shy of my 23rd birthday, Mount Saint Helens became increasingly active. A series of earthquakes below her center indicated that she was about to put on a […]