Specialty Expeditions Can Help Create Adventure to Remember

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Specialty Expeditions Can Help Create Adventure to Remember


Byline: Heather Cunningham

If you are ready for outdoor natural adventure, but not the hassle of planning the details of your walk on the wild side, Specialty Expeditions of St. Charles is prepared to take on that task.

The company, which specializes in planning adventure-based recreation opportunities for its clients, will organize your entire kayaking, backpacking, whitewater rafting or snowshoeing trip _ including providing equipment, food, activities and skilled guides and instructors to lead the way.

The business is the brainchild of founder Ryan Rushton, who launched the enterprise full-time three years ago. His father and partner is David Rushton.

"As a family we always camped and hiked, but I don't think his true passion for the outdoors necessarily came from that," said David. "But when he went on a Rocky Mountain backpacking trip in high school he just fell in love with it all. Ryan started working for them in the summers as a guide when he was just 16."

Ryan also spearheaded the origination of another outdoor nature camp before deciding what he really wanted to do was work for himself. He began Specialty Expeditions part-time while still in college.

"Ryan loves being out on the trips with people, and he is very skilled and very personable," said David.

While the younger Rushton hits the road to accompany members of a staff of seven rescue-certified guides and instructors on trips, David mans the phones. He says that it's easy to plan the right trip for both individuals and groups if you know what they are looking for.

"Our company is for people who don't have a lot of equipment," he says. "All you really need is your sleeping bag and clothes, we provide the rest. …

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