Rick grew up in the suburbs of Washington DC, and his fascination with long-distance hiking trails did not begin until his junior year of college when he took a course that entailed two weeks of hiking on the Appalachian Trail. After his college graduation and a brief stint with a local DC non-profit, Rick decided to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail in 2007 and embrace his love for dehydrated foods. After completing his thru-hike he shuffled between jobs at outfitters and non-profit organizations in a variety of roles, honing his skills and passions while aggressively expanding his gear collection.
In 2013, he left Campo on the Mexico/California border to thru-hike the Pacific Crest Trail, where he met his wife Chelsea on the way to Canada in the forests of Yosemite. In keeping with the theme, Rick and his wife spent several years in Boulder, Colorado, to make time for a 2015 thru-hike of the Colorado Trail with their dog Boogie, and relocated to Burlington in 2016 to their new home in the Old North End. Rick continues to enjoy hiking, climbing, and dehydrated foods as he settles into his role as the Database Coordinator with the Green Mountain Club in what he considers to be a perfect meeting of worlds.