Ray grew up in upstate New York backpacking and canoeing in the Adirondacks. He served in an AmeriCorps program where he managed volunteers in areas affected by natural disasters and did conservation work. This experience for him illustrated the power of the outdoors and serving others. He then studied outdoor education in university where he gained experience taking college students out climbing, kayaking, and skiing.
He has spent the last year and a half rock guiding in Vietnam and kayak guiding in Scotland.
Now that he is back in the states he is focusing his passion toward supporting people through their learning process in the outdoors.