The Team

Scott

My Favorite Outdoor Sports
Canoeing, fly-fishing, and tennis
My Favorite Places to Play
Kings River, Wind River Range, Wyoming
My Favorite Tunes to Play While Traveling
Classical guitar
My Favorite Foods
Barbecue
Essential Gear
iPod, Therm-A-Rest Pad
Quote to Sum Up My Life’s Adventures
Paddle faster–I hear banjo music!
Most Experience With
Paddling
With Pack Rat Since
1973

Carolyn

My Favorite Outdoor Sports
Hike and canoe
My Favorite Places to Play
Utah and the White River in Arkansas
My Favorite Tunes to Play While Traveling
Bluegrass
My Favorite Foods
Chocolate
Essential Gear
Thermarest pad
Quote to Sum Up My Life’s Adventures
Sunshine and a walk in the woods
Most Experience With
Clothing and backpacking
With Pack Rat Since
1973

Chally

My Favorite Outdoor Sports
I enjoy Mountain biking, Backpacking, Kayaking, Fishing, Finding beautiful places off the beaten path.
My Favorite Places to Play
Ozarks and Ouachita Mountains.
My Favorite Tunes to Play While Traveling
I enjoy all kinds of Music, but time on the road gives me the opportunity to catch up on my favorite podcasts like “This American Life”, “Bob Edwards Weekend”, Mysterious Universe” and “The Moth Podcast”.
My Favorite Foods
Indian Food is by far my favorite food.
Essential Gear
A good Knife and good Headlamp are a must for me.
Quote to Sum Up My Life’s Adventures
“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” Helen Keller
Most Experience With
Footwear, Backpacking, Paddling, Rack systems, Maps, Stoves, Filters.
With Pack Rat Since
1994

Rick

My Favorite Outdoor Sports
I enjoy Climbing and Mountaineering, Backpacking, Kayak Fishing, & Bushcraft
My Favorite Places to Play
The worlds full of great places but if I had to narrow it down a bit I’d probably pick the Buffalo & Mulberry Water sheds locally, Grand Teton NP, Southern UT, and The South Island of New Zealand.
My Favorite Tunes to Play While Traveling
I like a good variety of music but lately Spoon, Radio Head, Bon Iver, The National
My Favorite Foods
Meat….Wild, grass-fed, free-range, that sort of thing.
Essential Gear
A well made knife, fire steel, para-cord & gorilla tape. These items can get you out of a lot of jams.
Quote to Sum Up My Life’s Adventures
Yea well….the dude abides
Most Experience With
Climbing, Backpacking,Traveling, Kayak Fishing, Navigation
With Pack Rat Since
1999

Kevin

My Favorite Outdoor Sports
Mountain biking, hiking, paddling, running.
My Favorite Places to Play
Buffalo River, Richland Creek, Devil’s Den.
My Favorite Tunes to Play While Traveling
NPR, Heavy metal, Classic Rock, or anything with a good guitar lick.
My Favorite Foods
Cheeseburger from Bucksnort Saloon in Baily CO, Cheeseburger from the 5-8 Club in MN.
Essential Gear
A sharp USA made Kershaw, Wave Sport EZG 50, Kona Hei Hei (love it!)
Quote to Sum Up My Life’s Adventures
“Going downriver and seeing where the flow goes.”
Most Experience With
Paddle Sports, Racks
With Pack Rat Since
1995

Adam

My Favorite Outdoor Sports
Biking, Hiking, Paddling, Climbing
My Favorite Places to Play
Anywhere in the Ozarks, White River National Rec. Area, Point Reyes National Seashore, Buffalo National River
My Favorite Tunes to Play While Traveling
Anything from Doc Watson to Wu-Tang Clan – Surrender to the Phlow
My Favorite Foods
Memphis BBQ
Essential Gear
Paclite shell and a Leatherman
Quote to Sum Up My Life’s Adventures
Sine your pitty on the runny kine.
Most Experience With
Footwear, Outerwear, Shelters, Cooking Systems
With Pack Rat Since
2012

Myra

My Favorite Outdoor Sports
I love to take pictures! I’m not great but my favorite things to do outside is take photos of whatever is around me. (it’s not a sport but oh well)
My Favorite Places to Play
I dont know that I have a favorite place. I guess wherever I am with friends.
My Favorite Tunes to Play While Traveling
I will listen to anything just depends on my mood.
My Favorite Foods
Pesto Pasta!
Essential Gear
I love my camera and my Chacos!
Quote to Sum Up My Life’s Adventures
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” -Anais Nin
Most Experience With
Clothing
With Pack Rat Since
2005

Sam

My Favorite Outdoor Sports
rock climbing, hiking, backpacking, whitewater paddling, etc…
My Favorite Places to Play
Salida, CO (the Arkansas River, Collegiate Peaks and Bob’s Rock…snow skiing and snow shoeing) NWA (Horseshoe Canyon Ranch, and surrounding climbing areas, the Buffalo River, Ozark Highlands Trail, etc…)
My Favorite Tunes to Play While Traveling
I let someone else play DJ, my mind usually wanders anyway.
My Favorite Foods
That’s like asking a mom which child is her favorite.
Essential Gear
MSR HubbaHubba Tent
Quote to Sum Up My Life’s Adventures
“Fear is just a feeling, fear can never kill you”
Most Experience With
climbing, hiking/packing, paddling
With Pack Rat Since
2009

Sandy

My Favorite Outdoor Sports
Hiking, camping, recreational kayaking, hanging out on my front porch relaxing.
My Favorite Places to Play
Hobbs State Park Trails, Eureka Springs, Upper Peninsula of Michigan, PackRat Obstacle Course, Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI.
My Favorite Tunes to Play While Traveling
Most anything except rap and music with lyrics that disrespect people.
My Favorite Foods
Vegetables, pasta salads, chocolate muffins and Peace Iced Tea.
Essential Gear
Leki poles, Western Mountaineering Flash pants (when it’s cold) and Buff headgear.
Quote to Sum Up My Life’s Adventures
Do what you can with what you have where you are.
Most Experience With
Hiking, Backpacking, People
With Pack Rat Since
2009

Faebyan

My Favorite Outdoor Sports
Hiking, paddling, biking, or any excuse to escape outside.
My Favorite Places to Play
Northwest Arkansas!
My Favorite Tunes to Play While Traveling
Radiohead…Arcade Fire…The Talking Heads…WSP…if it sounds good, I’m in!
My Favorite Foods
Taste of Thai
Essential Gear
Water bottle and anything Icebreaker
Quote to Sum Up My Life’s Adventures
It changes every day…But I really like Thoreau’s “In the wilderness is the preservation of the world.”
Most Experience With
Getting things done.
With Pack Rat Since
2012

Galen

My Favorite Outdoor Sports
Backpacking, Hiking, Canoeing
My Favorite Places to Play
Richland Creek, Sams Thrown, and all of Washington
My Favorite Tunes to Play While Traveling
CCR, Ratatat, Childish Gambino, and not Phish
My Favorite Foods
Cajun, Spicy, and Seafood
Essential Gear
Merino socks, knife, rope, and a Map
Quote to Sum Up My Life’s Adventures
"Returning home is the most difficult part of long-distance hiking; You have grown outside the puzzle and your piece no longer fits."- Cindy Ross
Most Experience With
Backpacking, Camping, Gear
With Pack Rat Since
2012

Will

My Favorite Outdoor Sports
Hiking, backpacking,canoeing,mountain biking, snow skiing.
My Favorite Places to Play
Buffalo River, Kings River, White River, BHT, BRT, OHT., Breckenridge, CO., West Yellowstone, MT.
My Favorite Tunes to Play While Traveling
John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Elmore James, DMB.
My Favorite Foods
Panang curry w/ shrimp, Thai food, fried chicken.
Essential Gear
Helle knife, Brunton compass, cordage, Gore-tex pro-shell jacket
Quote to Sum Up My Life’s Adventures
“I shall be telling this with a sigh somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by, and it has made all the difference.” -Bob Frost
Most Experience With
Making sure that everyone else is having a good experience, because its important to me.
With Pack Rat Since
2013

Michael

My Favorite Outdoor Sports
Running, Biking, Swimming
My Favorite Places to Play
Zion National Park.
My Favorite Tunes to Play While Traveling
Pretty much any genre is good with me.
My Favorite Foods
A Big, Fat, Burrito.
Essential Gear
Racing flats, bike helmet, and goggles.
Quote to Sum Up My Life’s Adventures

Most Experience With
Footwear, Hiking
With Pack Rat Since
2012

Steve

My Favorite Outdoor Sports
Climbing, Mountaineering, Backpacking, Paddling
My Favorite Places to Play
Grand Tetons, Ouray, Ozarks, Rockies
My Favorite Tunes to Play While Traveling
Interpol, The National, Hot Snakes, Telekinesis
My Favorite Foods
Chicken Parm, steak, avocados
Essential Gear
Therm-A-Rest pillow, Western Mountaineering Apache, MSR Mug Mate
Quote to Sum Up My Life’s Adventures
“I’d rather have it and not need it, than need it and not have it”.
Most Experience With
Climbing, Backpacking, Racks, Equipment, Paddling
With Pack Rat Since
2001

Robert

My Favorite Outdoor Sports
My absolute favorite outdoor activity would have to be climbing. Aside from that, I love backpacking, floating, wilderness medicine, and target shooting.
My Favorite Places to Play
Right now my favorite places to play outdoors are New Zealand and just about anywhere in the Ozarks. Belize and the American Southwest are also pretty amazing.
My Favorite Tunes to Play While Traveling
Anything by Punch Brothers, “Mountain Sound” and “From Finner” by Of Monsters and Men, and “A Horse With No Name” by America.
My Favorite Foods
My favorite foods are Indian (gotta love that murgh makhani) and Vietnamese vermicelli. As far as outdoor food goes, it’s hard to beat a big avocado.
Essential Gear
The hands-down essential gear for me is my SOG Power Assist multi-tool, followed closely by a shemagh. Other than those, a good backpack, footwear, hammock, and hydration reservoir are pretty choice.
Quote to Sum Up My Life’s Adventures
The quote that keeps me going the most is from Wes Anderson’s “The Life Aquatic,” when Steve (Bill Murray) states, “This is an adventure…” at the end of the film. It’s a simple line, but it reminds me that whether I’m hiking through freezing rain and snow with mesh shoes (woops), or having apparently chronic poison ivy and bug bites, every bit is part of the adventure.
Most Experience With
Most of my experience is with climbing gear, wilderness medicine, and backpacking equipment.
With Pack Rat Since
2014

Nick

My Favorite Outdoor Sports
Climbing, Mountaineering, Backpacking, Exploring.
My Favorite Places to Play
Ozark backcountry, Rockies, Southeast Alaska.
My Favorite Tunes to Play While Traveling
From Hall & Oates to Nappy Roots.
My Favorite Foods
Bacon, Steak, Italian Cream Cake.
Essential Gear
Gold Bond Medicated body powder, it does wonders………everywhere.
Quote to Sum Up My Life’s Adventures
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.” – Henry Ford
Most Experience With
Climbing, Backpacking, Water sports
With Pack Rat Since
2014

Robert W

My Favorite Outdoor Sports
Backpacking, Rafting, Skiing.
My Favorite Places to Play
The Sawatch Mountain Range in Colorado and Mount Aspiring National Park on the South Island of New Zealand.
My Favorite Tunes to Play While Traveling
The Essential Bob Dylan, Kings of Leon, Wilco, Radiohead, and a little MGMT.
My Favorite Foods
I usually finish backpacking trips faster than I plan just to have a nice steak diner with a cold beer.
Essential Gear
Sleeping bag, sleeping mat, and a tent. If you’re not sleeping well then you won’t be very happy no matter where you are.
Quote to Sum Up My Life’s Adventures
“To be truly challenging, a voyage, like a life, must rest on a firm foundation of financial unrest. Otherwise, you are doomed to a routine traverse, the kind known to yachtsmen who play with their boats at sea… “cruising” it is called. Voyaging belongs to seamen, and to the wanderers of the world who cannot, or will not, fit in. If you are contemplating a voyage and you have the means, abandon the venture until your fortunes change. Only then will you know what the sea is all about…Where, then, lies the answer? In choice. Which shall it be: bankruptcy of purse or bankruptcy of life?” -Sterling Hayden Wanderer
Most Experience With
Multi-day backpacking, rafting, skiing.
With Pack Rat Since
2015

Lily Hallett

My Favorite Outdoor Sports
Rock Climbing, Swimming, Hiking
My Favorite Places to Play
Anywhere there are rocks to climb.
My Favorite Tunes to Play While Traveling
Too many to list!
My Favorite Foods
Smoothies, Gu, and huge salads
Essential Gear
La Sportiva Solutions, Petzl Contact 9.8 60m rope.
Quote to Sum Up My Life’s Adventures
“Do your best, forget the rest.”
Most Experience With
Rock Climbing
With Pack Rat Since
2015

Cambre Ricker

My Favorite Outdoor Sports
If I had to choose my favorite outdoor sport I would have to say climbing. But, I really enjoy backpacking, floating, and recently Ice climbing as well.
My Favorite Places to Play
Any of the local crags here in AR: Horseshoe, Fern, Sam's Throne, etc. Colorado, Washington, Utah...Can I really narrow it down?
My Favorite Tunes to Play While Traveling
Spotify Shuffle or Podcasts! Usually bands like Local Natives, Bon Iver, Modest Mouse, etc...
My Favorite Foods
Breakfast food. Hands down.
Essential Gear
A good knife, first aid kit, water filter, and rope seem pretty good to always have. But let's not forget where a good pair of shoes, a good fitting pack, and sleeping bag and pad can get you.
Quote to Sum Up My Life’s Adventures
“The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure” – Christopher McCandless
Most Experience With
Climbing and backpacking
With Pack Rat Since
2015

Brock Hyland

My Favorite Outdoor Sports
Climbing, backpacking, mountain biking, paddling, fishing, golf.
My Favorite Places to Play
Ozark Mountains, Buffalo River, Moab, UT, the Western Rockies
My Favorite Tunes to Play While Traveling
STS9, Grateful Dead, String Cheese Incident, Papadosio, Griz, Yonder Mountain String Band.
My Favorite Foods
Texas BBQ, Mexican food, Thai food.
Essential Gear
Thermarest sleeping pad, headlamp, knife, Suunto watch.
Quote to Sum Up My Life’s Adventures
“The word adventure has gotten overused. For me, when everything goes wrong- that’s when adventure starts.” – Yvon Chouinard
Most Experience With
Backpacking, Clothing, Climbing
With Pack Rat Since
2015

Matt Ronan

My Favorite Outdoor Sports
Hiking and Backpacking
My Favorite Places to Play
The Ozarks and any National Park
My Favorite Tunes to Play While Traveling
Cold War Kids, Brothers and Company, Half Moon Run
My Favorite Foods
Any meal that I have cooked myself!
Essential Gear
A dependable pack, a first aid kit, and navigation and fire-starting tools
Quote to Sum Up My Life’s Adventures
“Go Simple. Go Solo. Go Now.” – Audrey Sutherland
Most Experience With
Travel, Camping, and Apparel
With Pack Rat Since
2016

Danny “Wolfman” Jenkins

My Favorite Outdoor Sports

My Favorite Places to Play
Buffalo River, any National Park
My Favorite Tunes to Play While Traveling
Eddie Vedder, Florence & the Machine, WovenHand, Vast, Radiohead
My Favorite Foods
Thai food, Homemade Bread, Cheese!
Essential Gear
Big Agnes Fly Creek UL1 tent, Arc’teryx Altra 65 backpack, Western Mountaineering Highlite Mummy Bag
Quote to Sum Up My Life’s Adventures
“When in nature the heart grows wild and in that we become our true selves.”
Most Experience With
Backpacking
With Pack Rat Since
2016

Emily Dixon

My Favorite Outdoor Sports
Running, hiking/backpacking, biking, floating, wake surfing
My Favorite Places to Play
Ozarks, Buffalo River, Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina
My Favorite Tunes to Play While Traveling
Sylvan Esso, Blood Orange, Arctic Monkeys, Fleetwood Mac, and whatever my Spotify Discover Weekly spits out
My Favorite Foods
Mexican. All of it. At once.
Essential Gear
Quick dry towel, headlamp, good socks and shoes, first aid kit, and all of the snacks
Quote to Sum Up My Life’s Adventures

Most Experience With
Hiking/packing and apparel
With Pack Rat Since
2016