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Ice encrusted snow beard after racing 30k free-style in Falun, Sweeden -9f

Bryan wearing an ice encrusted snow beard after racing 30k free-style in Falun, Sweeden -9f Cross Country Ski World Masters


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Bryan Schaeffer
Creative Lead SINTR, LLC.

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Bryan Schaeffer is an illustrator, designer, animator and the Creative Lead of SINTR Visual Communications. He engages audiences across traditional and new media by building brands for campaigns and campaigns for brands.

His creative teamwork has won Emmys, Tellys, Addys, Promax, as well as the distinguished EX Award. He is the founder of, which aspires to improve the quality of life through fitness and exploration.

Eagle Scout and former Patagonia employee Bryan’s formative years were spent mountain biking, climbing and skiing in Southwest Montana.

Traveling to the NW to attend College at Pacific Lutheran University Bryan was drawn to the rock crags and Cascade Mountains. As a first generation guide of Pacific Lutheran University’s Outdoor Recreation program, Bryan organized trips and guided fellow students to some of the regions main attractions like Tacoma’s backyard Rainier National Park.

Shortly after completing a Bachelors in Fine Art/Graphic design Bryan moved to Seattle to begin his career in design. With the challenges of raising a young family in the city Bryan shifted from weekends spent on the rock to exploring new trails with kids in-tow.

After completing all 70 of the hikes in the Beyond Mount Si guidebook Bryan started Best of the NW to share the many amazing locations in short form Internet videos. Experimenting with the structure of trip videos and gps mapping over a period of 10 years developed in to the format that we see today on the over 150 YouTube videos at

Scheming the next outdoor adventure with his wife and 3 daughters. Bryan combines his passion of the outdoors and professional experience in multimedia to bring the year-round trail video recommendations to Western Washingtonians.

Listen to Best of the NW story on the Cascade Hiker Podcast #24

Our photos of hiking with twins were chosen for print in the New Families on Foot Book by the American Hiking Society


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