MEET THE TEAM
Stone Glacier is proudly based in Bozeman, MT and has grown from its roots in Kurt Racicot’s garage to our beautiful headquarters on the west side of town. Our team of passionate outdoorsmen and dedicated hunters is committed to providing innovative products that are supported by the highest level of customer service. We run our business and treat our customers with the same level of respect we hope to receive when we’re the customer. With every product and every sale, we strive to exceed expectations for an amazing experience from the time of purchase to a lifetime of use in the field. Feel free to reach out to anyone on our team anytime, and thank you for your business!
THE STONE GLACIER TEAM
Founder / Lead Designer
Stone Glacier is the result of 15 years of solo sheep hunts—from the Dall country of Alaska to the unlimited districts of Montana’s Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness. Kurt’s quest for ultralight backpacking gear has been a steady, organic process to develop, test, and refine the lightest, most durable gear using only the toughest technical materials available. The goal seems simple enough: minimize pack and gear weight to increase usable load. The result extends your range in the backcountry, which will always increase the odds of success. After hundreds of miles of testing on the trail, years of research and design, this goal has been accomplished: Stone Glacier...redefining the capabilities of ultralight.
President / CEO
Jeff grew up in Northern California in a commercial cattle ranching family. Guided by his grandfather, he developed a passion for hunting and conservation at an early age. Jeff earned a degree in ag business from Chico State University before working at SITKA Gear beginning in 2009 when it was just a small startup company. During his 7-plus years with SITKA, Jeff gained valuable experience in sales, marketing, operations and finance, which he now brings to Stone Glacier. Jeff is proud to raise his two daughters with his wife Sam in Bozeman.
Born and raised in Wenatchee, Washington, Colby’s passion for the outdoors took root in the Cascade Mountains from time spent backpacking, hunting, mountain biking, and canoeing many of the range's expansive lakes and rivers. In 2011, he moved to Bozeman to attend Montana State where he earned degrees in business finance and economics. Colby started at Stone Glacier in 2014 and is the company’s most tenured employee. After hours, Colby enjoys spending time with his family, preferably winding down an adventure over a cold beer at a local brewery.
Inbound Inventory Specialist
Matt was born and raised in Connecticut where he inherited his family’s passion for fly fishing at a young age. In 2014, he moved west to Bozeman to pursue a marketing degree at Montana State University. While in school, he became a guide on the Blackfoot River outside of Missoula, Montana for three seasons. After graduating, he looked to feed his passion for the outdoors and dove into hunting. Matt is often found on the river, driving the second cut, or in the mountains — all the while enjoying the outdoors.
Lyle was born in Bozeman but grew up on a cattle ranch northeast of Sheridan, Wyoming. At an early age, Lyle demonstrated exceptional artistic ability, winning many awards and accolades. It was this creative talent that took him to Montana State University, where he received a BFA in graphic design. Upon graduation, Lyle spent 15 years working for Massive Studios and directed creative marketing campaigns for brands like SITKA Gear, Leica, Adventure Medical Kits, Dogtra, Barnard Construction, Black Gold Bowsights, and the Wild Sheep Foundation. Lyle has also shared his expertise as an adjunct professor at Montana State University, instructing courses in advanced web development. When not busy leading the marketing initiatives at Stone Glacier, Lyle is happily occupied with his beautiful family, scouting for big game, raising chickens, or lending his time to local conservation organizations.
Director of Content
Originally from Idaho, Zack moved to Bozeman in 2005 to study film at Montana State University. His first taste of hunting came a handful of years later when he decided to hunt deer behind his parent’s cabin in Bigfork. He followed that with a successful deer hunt on Montana’s Hi-Line. Once he purchased a bow off Craigslist, a calendar full of hunts quickly fueled his passion for all things hunting. Zack has been looking through the viewfinder of a camera for more than a decade and brings a unique set of talents to the Stone Glacier team. You’ll often find him bowhunting elk, throwing streamers at trout, skiing Bridger Bowl, hacking it up on the links, throwing weights around, and welding at a friend’s metal shop.
Content Marketing Manager
David grew up in the mountains of central and western Montana and on the prairie of South Dakota. He earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Montana and worked as a photographer and reporter for several years before embarking on a career in marketing as a writer and communications specialist. When not in the office, he can usually be found camping, hiking, fishing, elk hunting, upland bird hunting, watching basketball, and cooking with ample salt and pepper. David resides in Livingston with his lovely wife Jodie, their two English setters Lucy and Penny, and their geriatric labrador Leroy.
Taylor was born and raised in Bozeman, where he graduated from Montana State University. His adventurous outdoor personality has led him to various recreational jobs, from guiding elk hunters to leading winter snowmobile tours through Yellowstone National Park. Taylor’s extensive knowledge navigating and hunting in the mountains — and his easy-going, quiet confidence — are emblematic of Stone Glacier’s culture.
Troy was born in Arizona and raised in Spearfish, South Dakota. He earned a business and accounting degree from Black Hills State University and has lived in Bozeman since 2006. He grew up hunting from a young age, learning from his dad, grandpa, and uncles. Today, Troy hunts all types of big game as well as upland birds. His favorite activities are dictated by the seasons, including whitewater rafting in the spring, camping in the summer, hunting in the fall, and skiing in the winter. He has worked as a ski instructor in Montana and Germany and took part in an expedition on the Yangtze River in China. Troy is married with two sons.
Outside Sales Manager
Born in Maine and raised in New Hampshire, Andrew grew up hunting ducks and whitetails on the seacoast. After high school, he headed west and never looked back. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Montana State University in Bozeman, but bow hunting bugling bulls became his true passion. Andrew started with Stone Glacier in 2012, assembling backpacks in his garage after-hours in addition to guiding deer and elk hunters in Montana. Although he has assimilated nicely to the Montana lifestyle, Andrew’s Yankee blood still runs strong when he’s within 100 yards of the hoppy scent of a cold Sam Adams.
Inside Sales Manager
Born in Missouri but raised in Wyoming, Becky spent her youth exploring the Bighorn Mountains—camping and fishing all summer and hunting deer and antelope each fall. She’s the proud mom of two amazing daughters. Emily lives in Bozeman, and Ashley lives in Wyoming with her husband, Jared. Before joining Stone Glacier, Becky worked for the Wild Sheep Foundation where she held many job titles. She was the Exhibit Manager until August 2017 when she decided to push the limit of her comfort zone and travel solo for several months, camping out of her Jeep and paddleboarding whenever and wherever possible. In addition to spending time with her family and friends, she loves binge-watching Law & Order SVU.
Chris was born and raised in the East Bay Area of California. When he wasn’t playing sports, he spent his free time fishing the waters of the Eastern Sierra Nevada mountains and hunting ducks in the Suisun Marsh with his dad. In college, Chris played football and earned a degree in recreation, parks, and tourism administration from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. His love for the outdoors eventually brought him to Bozeman where he and his wife Camille can be found exploring the local gyms or finding new hiking trails with their French bulldog Bella.
Originally from Thompson Falls, Montana, Joe set an expectation for himself early in life to work hard. Hunting has been a passion of his since a young age and has been a part of his core values ever since. Joe graduated from Montana State University with a degree in wildlife habitat ecology and management. He worked for both the DNRC and the Forest Service fighting wildfires in northwest Montana for five seasons. If you're looking for him and he's not around at the SG shop, then he's typically studying elk ecology, getting in shape for the mountains, or drinking Blue Moon. And if for some weird reason you still can't find him, he's probably hiking in some brush-choked drainage that he'll swear on his life is fun to hunt.
Service and Sales
Phil grew up on Colorado’s Front Range. A few years after graduating high school, he enlisted in the United States Army, serving with the 82nd Airborne Division and completing two combat tours to Afghanistan. Phil moved to Bozeman in 2013 to study accounting at Montana State University. When he isn’t at Stone Glacier, you can find him fly fishing, chasing ducks with his black Lab Shem, or hunting for mule deer.
Service and Sales
Ryan was born and raised in Bozeman where he grew up hunting and fishing with his dad and brothers. After graduating from Montana State University in 2013, he started guiding deer and elk hunts before joining the Stone Glacier team. In his free time, Ryan enjoys shooting, fishing, hunting — and he never misses an opportunity to go to Alaska.
Born in Missoula, Montana, Jake was brought into a confluence of outdoor opportunity. Growing up in the heart of the Bitterroot Valley, he was often distracted by aggressive trout and the pursuit of all critters he could get a tag for. After graduating from Corvallis High School, Jake moved to Bozeman to enroll in studies at the “Harvard of the Rockies” that is Montana State University. He studied English writing and ran Division 1 college track as a half-miler for the Bobcats. Concluding his senior capstone with an internship at Stone Glacier in the spring semester of 2019 was the start of something beautiful. When he isn't working at SG, prepping for archery elk season, or ski instructing, you can find him on the water with a fly rod and a cold one.
A Team of Dedicated Hunters
Stone Glacier manufactures premium outdoor equipment, most notably backpacks, tents, sleeping bags, and technical apparel. Stone Glacier products are the result of 15 years of solo sheep hunts from the Dall country of Alaska to the unlimited districts of Montana’s Beartooth Wilderness. Minimizing pack and gear weight increases usable load, which in turn extends your range in the backcountry. Stone Glacier’s quest for ultralight backpacking gear began 15 years ago and has been a slow and organic process of development, testing, and refining. The brand’s goal has been straightforward: build the lightest, most durable gear using only the toughest technical materials available. After hundreds of miles of testing on the trail, years of research and design, this goal has been accomplished. Stone Glacier—redefining the capabilities of ultralight.