Adventure Treks is the best experience James has ever had. And all staff are very helpful and willing to chat. I’ve never felt put off, cut short, or made to feel like they didn’t have time for my questions. – Julie Hill, Rocky River, OH
John “Dock” Dockendorf
Founder and executive director
John Dockendorf (everyone calls him “Dock”) has been leading outdoor adventure trips for more than 30 years. He has personally led dozens of Adventure Treks trips since its inception in 1994, and he still spends his summers in the field, visiting and checking in with our groups across North America. Dock remembers every student he’s ever met!
He’s also a passionate outdoorsman. As a former competitive freestyle skier, whitewater paddler, and marathon runner, he’s experienced firsthand the lifelong benefits of outdoor recreation—and has made it his life’s work to share this experience with his students. With his master’s degree in management from Cornell University, his passion for the outdoors, and his love of teaching (Dock is also involved in several school boards and is an elected member of the town council), he has made the Adventure Treks experience an invaluable one for teenagers and young adults.
When Dock is not out in the field, he and his wife, Jane, spend their time driving to soccer practices with their four children: Audrey, Ella, Ava Rees, and Charlie. Dock is always available to speak with you personally at 828-698-0399 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dave “Dmac” McGlashan
Dave, or “Dmac,” is our 13th-year director and regional director. Originally from western North Carolina, he attended the University of Tennessee and earned a bachelor’s degree in human ecology and master’s degree in recreation and leisure studies. Dmac is a board member for the America Outdoors Association, graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School, and wilderness first responder. He has explored the outdoors of Thailand, Vietnam, Nepal, France, Germany, Australia, and many more. Dmac can often be found mountain biking in western North Carolina’s forests.
Amanda is a North Carolina native and an honors graduate from Appalachian State University with a bachelor’s degree in communication. After college, she moved to Boulder, CO, to be an editor for Climbing and SNEWS magazines, before moving on to a digital marketing agency and pursuing a certificate teaching Bikram yoga. Her passion for teaching and being in the outdoors collided when she found Bold Earth, Adventure Treks, and Camp Pinnacle, for whom she does all sales, marketing, and parent communication. Amanda is a Wilderness First Responder and also spends some time as a field instructor for the Adventure Treks fall school group programs. After work and on weekends, Amanda can be found trail running and mountain biking in the beautiful western NC mountains.
Jack, our 8th-year regional director and logistics director, is originally from Portland, OR, and received a bachelor’s degree in adventure education from Prescott College in Arizona. He’s completed a yearlong apprenticeship at a primitive skills school, spent time as a ski patroller, and worked as the outdoor education director at the Portland Waldorf School. Jack is an avid traveler, having visited countries like New Zealand, Germany, China, Holland, and Belgium. In his free time, you can find Jack rock climbing, mountain biking, and skiing. Jack is a wilderness first responder and outdoor emergency care technician.
Stacey began her outdoor pursuits exploring the Rocky Mountains during childhood camping trips with her family. Her passion for outdoor education continued during a college semester abroad in Wales. She has a bachelor of arts in journalism from Drake University, and a bachelor of science in environmental studies from Shenandoah University. Stacey was a writer and editor for several years before transitioning into the world of outdoor education. She enjoys backpacking, traveling, running, and nature photography. She is a Wilderness First Responder.
Rachel is our second-year staffing director and instructor. Hailing from Green Bay, WI, she attended the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and earned a bachelor’s degree in social work. She spent her summers leading backpacking, canoeing, and kayaking trips in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota, and after college completed a thru-hike of the 2,200-mile-long Appalachian Trail. Rachel and her husband, Brett, love to hike and mountain bike in western North Carolina in their free time, and she is a wilderness first responder.
Joan has a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Florida State University, where she played division I varsity volleyball all four years. Her daughter, Sarah, spent six years at Adventure Treks, and her son, Thomas, is entering his sixth year with us. Joan teaches water aerobics classes at the local YMCA, and in her free time she can be found practicing yoga and stand up paddleboarding.
Educational programs director
Nate was a five-year Adventure Treks student before transitioning into his 15th season as a trip leader. He graduated from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, NM, with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts. He then led immersive therapeutic backpacking programs for teenagers in Grand Staircase National Monument in Utah. He has since led trips in all over North America; whitewater rafted the length of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon; and thru-hiked the Long Trail. Nate currently lives in Asheville, NC, where he performs as a musician, and is a Wilderness First Responder. In his free time, you can find Nate baking artisan breads (and trying other gourmet recipes) and mountain biking on western NC’s trails.