Ryan Stuart spends most of his time beating back precipitation and parsing the latest gear tech jargon. Based on rainy Vancouver Island, Stuart is the gear and field editor for Canada’s Explore magazine. When he’s not wonking out over gear tech, he’s out on the trails, rivers, rock, mountains and ocean around his home— whitewater kayaking, mountain biking, and ski mountaineering. He’s raced in seven day mountain bike races, scored a first ascent and a couple descents and is alway looking for another adventure that sounds challenging and slightly painful. Which explains one of his favourite expressions “It doesn’t have to be fun to be fun.”
Ryan’s career began as an outdoor guide—leading hiking, paddling and skiing trips. He’s been a freelance writer and editor since 2003. Stuart also writes for Outside Magazine’s Buyers Guides, as well as BC Business, Canoe and Kayak, Backcountry, S-Media, Canadian Cycling and other publications.