Rick joined the Pack Rat in 1999, and has been the equipment buyer for the store for nearly 20 years. In addition to his buying responsibilities, he teaches a variety of Wilderness skills classes for the Pack Rat. He taught rock climbing as an SPI for the American Mountain Guide Association for 15 years. He is the director of the Pack Rat's Outdoor adventure race called the Brewha Bushwhack, which combines a wide variety of outdoor challenges. Since the 90's he has pursued mountaineering and has spent a great deal of time in the west climbing and backpacking as well as South America. In particular he is somewhat obsessed with the canyons of Southern Utah and visits there a couple of times a year for Canyoneering and to photograph Native American dwellings and rock art sites. He is an Alumni of the Hunter Gather with Boulder Outdoor Survival School and was featured on the History Channel program Alone: The Beast. These days he enjoys wilderness photography, building, shooting, & hunting with traditional bows and traveling to wild places with his family and friends. Rick also serves on the Board for the Arkansas Hunters and Anglers and is an advocate for the protection, access, and conservation of public land. Thanks so much for visiting Pack Rat, and keep the wild places wild.