Bryan Snyder grew up exploring the rolling hills and shady creeks of upstate New York.  A year abroad in Scotland, filled with hitchhiking adventures in the highlands and journeys to ruined castles convinced him that he needed to find employment outdoors.  So after college, Bryan taught natural science to young students at various environmental schools from Maine to Hawaii before settling on the West Coast.

Through practice, Bryan learned how to find renegade campsites and travel on a limited budget, which enabled a series of summertime odysseys in the Rocky Mountains.  His email newsletter detailing various close encounters with cliffs, storms and wildlife led to an opportunity to write a summer column, “Off The Map”, in Chenango County, New York’s Evening Sun newspaper.

One decade later, Bryan continues to tempt fate in the thorniest of natural landscapes.  Compilations of his adventures can be purchased at  Additional photos, trail descriptions, maps and contact information may be found at

The author currently resides in Santa Barbara, California.