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 trial and error, Bryan learned how to travel on the limited budget of a seasonal outdoor educator, which enabled a series of summertime odysseys in the Sierras and Rocky Mountains. Two decades after coming to the West, Bryan continues to tempt fate in the thorniest of natural landscapes. His “Off The Map”trilogy of adventure stories documents his numerous encounters with bears, storms, cliffs and other near-catastrophes.
Today, we’re going to learn how those stories inspired Bryan to pursue a lifestyle of adventure and how he inspires other to find their own passions in the outdoors and travel, through writing.
Today we are going to hear the story of Joe Ewing and Britten Ferguson; 2 incredible outdoor enthusiasts and world travelers whose paths have crossed in Denver, Colorado to found Wayfinder co-op: A member-owned cooperative, co-working space in Denver that gives a home to businesses in the outdoor recreation industry to collaborate and create together.
Joe Ewing is Colorado native from the Denver area. Joe is a former outward bound instructor, a river and mountain guide & an EMT. He has a degree from the University of Colorado in Political Science and Economics, MBA in Social Entrepreneurship from Colorado State University. Joe is currently the co-founder at Desta Technologies, a client lead generation platform for freelance guides and adventure outfitters
Britten Ferguson grew up in Eastern Washington before going to the business school at the University of Washington. His work as a bilingual guide and educator motivated him to start Revolución, a bike travel business that takes people on inspired cycling adventures throughout Latin America.