Ryan T. Bell is a writer and photographer who specializes in cowboy culture, backcountry adventure, and international travel. In 2015-16, he was awarded a Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellowship to Russia and Kazakhstan, where he reported the documentary series "Comrade Cowboys" about the rebuilding of post-Soviet agriculture, winner of three Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Awards. In 2018, he was awarded a National Geographic Society grant to document fieldwork by an international team of archaeologists in Asia. Before dedicating himself to a career in journalism, Ryan worked as a cowboy and adventure guide in Argentina, Mongolia, and the American West. He lived in Montana for ten years, traveling by horseback, raft, canoe, and (begrudgingly) foot to some of the remotest corners of Glacier, Yellowstone, and Waterton Lakes National Parks. Ryan now lives with his wife and two young daughters in Mazama, Washington, on a few acres nestled at the foot of North Cascades National Park. With nothing but wilderness stretching for 150 miles to the Canadian border, the park will keep him busy exploring. For a little while.
Ryan T. Bell