You would think being president of International Mountain Equipment, president
and a team leader for the Mountain Rescue Service of New Hampshire (a
technical team that has performed some 250 mountain rescues) and the vice
president of the International Mountain Climbing School would pretty much
eliminate a mountaineer's own climbing time. That isn't the case with Rick
Wilcox. In fact Rick somehow manages to balance business, climbing and a
family with two kids.
Since buying IME in 1979 Rick has used it as a
springboard to further climbing adventures and has been focusing lately on the
big mountains of the world, including Everest. In May of 1991 Rick led an
American expedition up the South-East Ridge to the summit. It was the first
American expedition organized in the Eastern United States, making Rick one of
the first four Americans from East of the Mississippi to summit Everest. He
has also climbed Himalayan peaks in Pakistan, Nepal and the sixth tallest
mountain in the world, 8,201 meter Cho Oyu.
Rick grew up in Middleton Mass. where he became fascinated with
mountaineering and joined the Appalachian Mountain club. He would eventually
climb all 46 of the 4,000-meter peaks in the White Mts. of New England. He
studied forestry at the University of Mass., Amherst, and went on several
climbs in Alaska and the Yukon including 16,500 foot Mt. Bona (Alaska) and
19,850 foot Mt. Logan (Yukon).
During the early 80's Rick climbed some of the tallest peaks in North and
South America, in preparation for his first Himalayan expedition to Cho Oyu in
1985. His sixth Himalayan expedition, his 25th overall, took him to the roof
of the world, the summit of Mt. Everest.