American Mountain Man member Richard Ashburn tells the history of the mountaineers who came out west to trap, explore, and survive. These men were the original backpackers. Learn what gear they would have on them, how they would prepare for extreme cold, and the traditional mountain men methods of traveling through the rough and dangerous land right in our back yards.
Richard Ashburn has been involved in the AMM for 30 years. He was initially drawn to the organization by his love of nature, his intrigue in the era, and appreciation that it was before the genocide of many Native Americans. Richard was a professional outfitter for 25 years, and his love of horses and education on the harmony with nature fit perfectly with the mountain man lifestyle.