Carolyn Crook founded Pack Rat in 1973 with her late husband, Scott. They noticed a shortage of canoe and kayak availability in the Northwest Arkansas area, and decided to take matters into their own hands.
"The goal when Scott and I started the Pack Rat in 1973 was to make sure that our customers were taken care of, and that products that we sold would be worth the money spent either in features or the fact that they never wear out. I am happy that our staff continue to make sure that each customer is helped to find product that will meet their needs, both for use and long term durability, as well as their pocketbook."
Fast forward almost 50 years, and you have what Pack Rat as you know it today - a pinnacle of sustainability, outdoor education, fundraising, knowledge, and equipment selection for the NWA region.