This is Ryan's first season working on Everest and in doing so he's fulfilling a lifelong dream. He is originally from Atlanta, Georgia, he spent eight years in Colorado, before moving to Alaska where he has lived for the past 16 years. Prior to his Everest job he flew for the US scientific mission in Antarctica and would then work in Alaska for the heli-ski season followed by the firefighting season. Now he works on rotation - Antarctica followed by Nepal.
He started flying helicopters in 2004 and has racked up more than 6000 flying hours.