ROCKY MOUNTAIN ADVENTURE RENTALS
Two brothers with family and friends in mind and a thirst for outdoor adventures, founded Rocky Mountain Adventure Rentals (RMAR). They assembled a team of the local outdoor experts who share the same desires for Blue Chip quality self-guided adventures. Their goals are to bring to the customer the highest quality staff, equipment, and service. Whether an individual, group, or family seek adventure, the entire RMAR team is committed to delivering lasting memories.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Welcome to the Colorado Backcountry! It sounds cool but there are some items that you need to be aware of before heading out. We are not a guided service so once you sign the paperwork, you are on your own. At our shop, we will review with you the safety guidelines for each piece of equipment that you plan to rent. We will walk you through the paperwork so you know exactly what you are signing and we will instruct you on how to properly load equipment onto the trailers. For trailering, you will need to have a 2” hitch ball on your vehicle. We do offer a few spares in the shop but do not depend on them being available.
Once the paperwork is signed and all safety checks have been performed, you will be off on your adventure. You are responsible for your actions and are required to follow all local, state, and federal laws. The state of Colorado has 11 National Forest to explore. Each Forest has its own rules and regulations for backcountry travel. It is your responsibility to follow all trail signs, rules, and regulations. We do not tolerate the acts of breaking forest service laws as it directly effects the amount of land available to motor vehicle access. If we find you breaking the laws, you will be reported to the ranger districts.
To avoid travel infractions, we recommend that you carry with you at all times a topographic map and gazetteer of the area that you plan on exploring. We also offer an interactive mapping system that is mobile ready and geo location based (must have data connection). While in the backcountry, it is important to always follow the rules of LNT Principles (Leave No Trace). Lastly, always pack out your trash, do not bring glass on the trails and rivers and leave the wild life alone.
WHO WE ARE
Chief Operations Officer
A certified Wilderness First Responder, Brown Attended Sandborn Western Camps (SWC) every summer before becoming an employee and eventual Head Wrangler. SWC was started by WWll veteran and 10th Mountain Division Member, Sandy Sandborn. Camp policies and protocols mimicked LNT (Leave No Trace) Principles and policies. Brown went on to accomplish a semester of NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) where he learned how to safely and effectively travel with groups in the backcountry while adhering to LNT principles and policies. His time at NOLS focused on guided camping, technical rock climbing, canyoneerin,g and winter camping. After graduating from Colorado State University with a degree in Clinical Research, Brown eventually moved to Vail Colorado where he subsequently became a year-round guide for Nova Guides. Brown guided all activities including snowmobiles, snow-cats, jeeps, ATVs, Rafts, Fishing, Mtn Biking, and Paint-ball. He was also an integral part of starting the Nova Guides hiking program guidelines. After Nova, Brown teamed with Above and Beyond 4×4 and designed and developed the UTV program which is currently in use today and goes from 4Eagle Ranch to BLM Horse Mtn Road into the Castle Peak wilderness study area. Brown joined RMAR in the fall of 2013 to head all operations.
Chief Executive Officer
An exprerienced Horseback Tour Guide, Snowcat Driver, and Restaurant GM, Clay has worked his way through the ranks and has taken the reigns as the front man for RMAR. A native of Orono MN, near Lake Minnetonka, Clay graduated from Kenyon College with a degree in History and Economics. Clay arrived in the Vail Valley back in 2000 and spent his first two winters working for Vail Resorts. From extensive summer travels to fully investing himself in the community and the outdoor industry, Clay has established himself as one of the true local professionals here in Vail that is dedicated to making sure that the guest of RMAR have an experience of a lifetime.
Chief Gear Head
A native of Louisiana, Stan has been living and guiding in the state of Colorado since 1998. Raised on 2-strokes and 4-strokes, Stan grew up racing AMA and eventually became a professional dirt bike racer and AMA instructor. For almost 20 years, Stan has been guiding snowmobiles and now Timbersleds. In addition to his skills as a mechanic and guide, he has also worked as an EMT and for BRAAP films as a camera man and medic. Stan is a seasoned veteran in all things backcountry and is a staple in the backcountry and Braaap Communities.
Marketing and Development
Specializing in SEO/SEM, Performance Marketing, and UX Research, Forkner works with a handful of companies in the outdoor and ecommerce industries throughout the United States, South America, and Europe. Forkner has guided hundreds of hut trips, backpacking trips, and rafting trips in his 18+ years of living in the Colorado Mountains.
An experienced Raft Guide, Dirt Bike Guide and general Back Country Enthusiast, Sweeney is a rare native to Colorado and works as a full-time Computer Engineer. If not developing, James can most likely be found Camping and Dirt Biking somewhere in the Colorado, Wyoming, and Utah countryside.