About The Ruddy Hill Press
The Ruddy Hill Press is the brainchild of author Matt Reeder. Matt moved from Illinois to Oregon at age 7 with his family. He grew up hiking and camping all over the Pacific Northwest; he never felt more at home than on the trail. He moved back to Illinois at age 16 but returned 8 years later to settle in Portland. Since moving back to Oregon in 2005 he has logged more than 5,000 miles on the trail and has hiked the vast majority of the trails within a 2 hour drive of Portland. Off the Beaten Trail was his first hiking guidebook, published in the spring of 2013. Matt is also the author of PDX Hiking 365 and 101 Hikes in the Majestic Mount Jefferson Region.
Matt lives in an old farmhouse in southeast Portland with his wife Wendy. When not on the trail or in the classroom, he spends his free time obsessing about music, following the Portland Trail Blazers and reading voraciously. You can usually identify Matt on the trail by his red St. Louis Cardinals hat, a visible sign of his lifelong love of the 2006 and 2011 World Series Champions.
Photo by Wendy Rodgers.