Ryan Sarka is an endurance athlete, competitive cyclist and mountain biker, snowboard mountaineer, and a beast of a climber. He is the “I’ll go first” guy. A fearless and compassionate adventurer and friend, Ryan revels in the spirit of risk-taking and seeking to overcome nearly impossible challenges.
After having studied Mechanical Engineering at SUNY IT, Ryan spent three months riding his bicycle clear across the United States. From Washington D.C. to San Fransico, then down coastal California to Los Angeles. It was this trip and what came next that would alter the course of Ryan’s life.
Sarka had met Ronzio on a college snowboarding trip in Jackson Hole. Previously strangers, they bonded in their backcountry insanity. In September of 2011, Ryan had just returned from his U.S.A. biking adventure when Ronzio went to visit him in New York and successfully convinced him to pack up and move West. Two weeks later, Ryan was sleeping on the floor of Ethan and Jonathan’s bunk room in Aspen, CO.
Soon after, Sarka would officially join the team in pursuit of the Between The Peaks adventure and would be instrumental to the team’s success. Once returning from Central America, Ryan headed back to Aspen for another year but is now currently residing with his fiancé in Buffalo, New York, where he co-founded RYDON Asset Management.
Ryan’s recent adventures have taken him to the head-dizzying rock walls of Ontario’s Bruce Penninsula, paddling the Niagara River, charging down the steeps and deeps of New Mexico and Utah, and skinning deep into Banff’s backcountry on a winter mission to camp on the ice of frozen Lake Moraine.