Guide Ryan Forbes
Ryan and his wife Amee, started Orcas Outdoors in the summer of 1998. Since this time he has been guiding sea kayak tours in the summers. From day trips to 6 day trips, he has experienced it all. View Orcas Outdoors Adventures
Ryan has been on the water most of his life, with a a sailor and commercial fisherman as a father. Ryan started fishing in Alaska at the ripe age of 13 and went on to work 10 years as a deck-hand fishing for Salmon in Bristol Bay. His family owned a restaurant on Orcas Island, gaining cooking experience as well. Good food in remote areas is Ryan’s specialty.
Mr. Forbes is self taught via books, co-workers and other naturalist’s way of nature. If you have questions about mammals, plants, trees, birds, or invertebrates, Ryan will more than likely have the answer for you. For his real job, Ryan is currently the Mountain Manager at Stevens Pass Ski Resort, where he oversees all operations and maintenance pertaining to the hill. This career started out ski patrolling professionally and evolved over 17 years. Plus he is still active in avalanche mitigation, avalanche rescue, and is a avalanche search dog handler.
For fun Ryan enjoys spending time with his family. His passions are skiing, mountain biking, fishing, golfing, sailing, and sailboat racing.
Now Orcas Outdoors wants to share the knowledge gained over 20 years with you. The best journey learned over time has been kayak camping eating gourmet food over campfire with wine and amazing sunsets. Hearing the whales at dusk …running to see them …staying up late enough to see the marine phosphorescence is truly relaxing.