Founded in May of 1973 by Scott and Carolyn Crook, Pack Rat is honored to have been a staple in the Northwest Arkansas outdoor community for almost fifty years.
The Crooks, who had each moved to Fayetteville, Arkansas seeking graduate degrees in Chemistry from the University of Arkansas, found an excellent opportunity for a variety of outdoor sports. After seeing what was available in the NWA area, they decided to stay and sell canoes and kayaks from their garage.
In 1975, Pack Rat relocated from our owners' garage to the Evelyn Hills Shopping Center (and then a few other locations) before settling into our current shop, off Sunbridge Drive, in 2001. We're now in a 16,000 square-foot log cabin, built from standing timber left by forest fires in Montana and British Columbia.
While we began as a small operation consisting of our owners selling canoes out of their home, we now employ over 25 people and cover a wide range of outdoor activities - rock climbing, paddling,camping,backpacking, travel, archery, and more.
Pack Rat Outdoor Center also hosts a number of events and clinics throughout the year. From rock climbing instruction, to survival skills, to archery, we've got you covered! Many of our clinics are free of charge, and almost all of our events are fundraisers for local nonprofits. You can learn more about upcoming events and clinics here.
In 2015, we added roof-wide solar panels, which are maintained by The Stitt Group, another local business based in Rogers. On
a good day, they provide over 100% of our daily energy needs. Surplus energy is back fed into Fayetteville's electricity grid. Read more about our sustainability initiatives.
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