In 2001, Ryan Stuart achieved a journalism certificate from Langara College in Vancouver. From there, he slowly transferred the hard skills he learned as an outdoor guide onto paper and became a freelance writer.
Ryan is the field editor for Explore magazine, as well as a frequent contributor to a wide variety of outdoor-oriented publications, including Cottage Life and Outdoor Canada. Based on Vancouver Island, he spends as much time as he can away from the desk, exploring the wilderness with his daughter.
Recent Articles and Blog Posts
A beginner’s guide to ice climbing
This article originally appeared in the Winter 2015 issue of Cottage Life magazine.
On a regular winter day in cottage country, it only takes Alex Atkin a couple of minutes to escape to a magical world. He stomps off the road...
What you need to know about Georgian Bay’s receding water levels
Lake Huron's water level hit a record low this past February, an inch below the previous record set in 1965—and it’s still dropping. This is the 13th year in a row that water levels for Huron, as well as Lake Michigan, have...
Getting started: Skijoring
You cross-country ski. You walk your dog. Why not do both at the same time?
It’s called “skijoring.” Imagine dog sledding, but instead of a sled, the dogs are attached to a cross-country skier. The added power propels...
Dry phone 411
Bad news: Your cellphone’s warranty won’t cover water damage—if you drop it in the lake, its life rests in your hands. Take out the battery and SIM card (what the card stores is often more valuable than the phone), dry...
How to protect your ears
A little hearing protection goes a long way. The noise from equipment such as power tools and chainsaws, even boat engines, can permanently damage hearing, and that damage is cumulative over time. While there are three important...
How to start snowkiting
“All you need is snow and a little wind,” I’m told.
Who knew? As a downhill skier, I used to look at acres of light, fluffy snow coating frozen lakes as a waste—all that untrackable powder. But I was wrong. Harness those...
How to read outerwear labels
Manufacturers love coining high-tech labels for these four essentials:
Moving moisture vapour and sweat off your skin will keep you warmer. Next to skin, wool (especially non-scratchy merino) and synthetics work...
7 winter items to keep
There’s a ton of new technology in winter wear, but don’t empty your closet—a lot of what you own is fine.
1. Kenora dinner jacket
Not all are created equal, so check what yours is made from. Wool or synthetic—keep...
Snowkiting resources for beginners
Snowkiting—harnessing the power of the wind to propel you on skis or a snowboard—is easier and more accessible than kiteboarding. Why not try it this winter? First, you’ll need some lessons: