Jeffrey H. Ryan Hiker Author Photographer Speaker Podcaster Director

The First Hike

Photo of spring flowers in woods

It’s been an excruciating few weeks here in Maine. And I only have myself to blame. I fall for it every year. You’d think that coming up on six decades of going through this would make me older and wiser. But so far, I’m just older. The problem is, of course, the promise of spring. […]

Then there’s the self-reliance part … Why I Hike

I was signing books one night when a woman walked up to the table and simply asked, “But, why do you do it?” I briefly considered saying, “Read the book”, but a more thoughtful answer came forth instead. “To be self-reliant and free.”, I said. How true it is. Hiking and mountaineering have given me […]