About | The Who, What, and Why

About The Site

Road Trip Ryan is the source for canyoneering, slot canyon hiking and climbing information, as well as many other unique adventures. Route descriptions include detailed maps, GPS waypoints, and in some cases detailed photos to keep you on the right path. Information from diverse areas of Utah, such as Moab, Zion, Robbers Roost, and North Wash showcase some of the most amazing places not just in Utah, but in the world.

If you are new to outdoor road trips, start with the easier rated canyons, climbs, and hikes, then progress to the more difficult. Places described on this site are, by design, generally off the beaten path. Also, keep in mind weather in Utah is diverse. Summers can be scorching hot in the south, or flooding with monsoon rains, while winters can range from pleasant to down right cold. Choose adventures based on both ability and season.

New to the site? Some good starting points: Gas up the car, pack the backpack, and coil the ropes, your adventure awaits.

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About Ryan (a.k.a. RoadTripRyan)

I believe outdoor adventure is one of the true joys in life. An intense adventure with a good friend or partner is one of the most memorable experiences in life and can really have a positive impact on people. Though a lot of guidebooks and other web sites exist, I find their information often lacking, poorly written, or based off of second hand accounts. This site aims to give high quality information in an easy to use format to help people experience these incredible places in a safer way, and with less impact on the environment. The hope is to foster a community where others can contribute and improve the information. Got a passion for the outdoors and seeing all you can in life? Welcome!

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.

-Robert A. Heinlein
Firmly believing in Heinlein's quote, "Specialization is for insects.", RoadTripRyan.com provides Average Joe's and Average Jane's with a diverse selection of extraordinary adventures. You don't need to climb 5.12 to stand on top of a desert tower, paddle class V to see some amazing rivers, or be an ace canyoneer to experience some of the best canyons the Colorado Plateau has to offer.

RoadTripRyan.com will provide all the information you need for an extraordinary adventure.

Meet The Team

Ryan Ryan

Road Tripper

I started climbing and canyoneering over 15 years ago. What started as an occasional fun outing turned into a passion for all aspects of the outdoors. Although focused on climbing and canyoneering, I have also been dabbling in rivers, caving, and trail running. The power of a good road trip to turn down the volume on the stresses of day to day life is amazing. I started this site to enable others to share to beauty, uniqueness, and power of truly extraordinary places.
Diane Menuz Diane
Diane developed a love for outdoor adventures thanks to a middle school teacher that took her and other students on backpacking trips around the West. She is now an avid rock climber, hiker, and cayoneerer, and she dabbles in other sports like rafting and mountain biking. She joined the Road Trip Ryan team in January of 2014, first as an adventure partner and now editing web content and occasionally providing her own trip reports.
Abseil McGee Abseil (Abby) McGee - Unpaid Intern
Abseil (Abby) McGee is the newest member of the Road Trip Ryan pack, joining the team in summer 2016. She loves hiking and chasing butterflies and isn’t completely decided yet about swimming and canyoneering. She serves as an adventure partner and chief model for photographers.