Richard Kresser

PC Joel Ballezza





I’ve always tried to live my life by adventure and to be an all mountain athlete.  Primarily a climber and mountain ultra trail runner, I also like biking, skiing, and paddling my way around the backcountry in my home of the Pacific Northwest.

Originally from Iowa, I really grew to love the mountains when the Army moved me out to Joint Base Lewis McChord.  After a deployment to Afghanistan, I decided to stick around here and pursue a career in the outdoor industry.  I have been helping direct races in the area and ski patrolling in the winter, but if you have some good leads on a fun job in the outdoor recreation world, I would love to hear about it!


  • Completed the RASH:  Mount Rainier, Adams, Saint Helens, and Hood, summiting and circumnavigating all four peaks under a week, solo and unsupported
  • Led successful independent expeditions to Denali and Aconcagua, the highest points on North and South America
  • First person to RUN the annual bike tour, RAGBRAI (Registers Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa), 416 miles in seven days, while raising over $20,000 for the Iowa Veterans Home