Bryan was born and raised in Upstate New York. His backyard was the Catskills Mountains which offered opportunities to explore and grow a strong bond with nature. Bryan grew up hiking, playing soccer, baseball, and basketball in high school, and snowboarding. Bryan attended the University at Albany where he majored in geography. While attending school, Bryan worked for the airlines and was able to travel around the world. Having gotten a taste for what was out there, he decided to move out west. Through taking a NOLS course in the Absaroka Range of Wyoming, Bryan was introduced to the field of wilderness therapy. Since then, Bryan has been driven to work in the outdoors and live simply.