Richard “Rick” Pratt has been leading hiking, biking, and backpacking trips since he was 17. Rick shares with Josh a passion for bringing people together through adventures in the great outdoors. Rick is an energetic, enthusiastic environmentalist.
To get to know Rick is to be challenged to keep pace with him on bicycle, on foot and discussing what is important in the world and in your life. If you don’t already know what motivations drive your own life, you may find yourself taking a new and closer look while getting to know Rick. Many people depart our trips with a new outlook on life, much of that due to Rick’s encountering personality and genuine concern for people’s happiness.
Rick recently retired (again) from his second careers as a coach for Executives, CEOs & Small Business Owners. Previously he founded then sold a high end design/build construction company. He lives in both Denver & Silverthorne, Colorado with his wife & soulmate Deana and has three grown children, Richard Leeds, (1986) and Heather Morrison (1983) and Tasha King (1983.) Richard is married to Helen Oliver and Heather to Colin Morrison.
Spending time with his family is his number one priority. Otherwise you will find him traveling the world with his wife and Adventure Trekkers or enjoying Arapahoe Basin on telemark skis, hiking, mountain biking, peak bagging, sea kayaking and canyoneering.
Rick is an ex-ski patroller, certified Wilderness First Responder and master logistician. His organization skills, attention to detail and careful planning help make Adventure Trekkers trips a joy to participate in.
Joshua “Josh” Gerak was an Ancients Indian in a past life; or at least you’d think so after spending a day with him on the trail. The discovery of a few small chips of rock become knapped arrowheads and an elaborate story of ancient hunters stalking prey for survival. Josh unabashedly shares his interest in history, geology, archeology and paleontology while on hikes, rides and while driving his big SUV full of fellow adventurers down old mining roads.
To understand that Josh has been a serial entrepreneur, marketer and salesman since he was a teenager only serves as bait to distract those willing to listen to his enthusiastic stories & hypotheses. But when he points out the arrowheads, dinosaur bones and mineral specimens, you become a believer.
Since 1992 Josh has sold tchotchkes, toys, sports and promotional items through his Seattle company, Adventure Trading. As an experienced traveler & international trader, Josh identifies opportunities like he recognizes ancient artifacts. Josh understands his company’s impact on the distant people with whom he trades and tries to make a difference in their lives.
Josh is a competitive cyclist in State and National level competitions. He enjoys canyoneering, climbing, skiing, sea kayaking and often holds the rhythm with his large djembe in drum circles.
Josh recognizes when people step outside their comfort zone and provides the proper balance of enthusiasm and respect for one’s limits. He’s the ideal person to lead a group since he has a knack for directions, sound judgment and group synergy.