Leadership Team

Lexi has grown so much during her three years at Adventure Treks. Her confidence, love of the outdoors, willingness to try new things… She has learned perseverance, to be an integral part of the community, to help and support others. She has made lifelong friends that she talks to throughout the year. We love hearing the stories and knowing she loves it so much. I know AT is where she is meant to be because she starts counting down to next summer the day she gets home. We trusted the care and attention AT gave to everything going on in the world in 2020 and felt completely safe and grateful the Lexi was still able to go this year. AT as a whole is amazing. Amanda, Dock, Dmac, and everyone in the office are so great, especially this year with all the extra things going on. You all are amazing, and I thank you for bringing AT together for the kids, even if it was a little different this year. – Susan Sanders, parent from Mooresville, NC

John “Dock” Dockendorf

Founder and executive director

John Dockendorf (everyone calls him “Dock”) has been leading outdoor adventure trips for more than 35 years. He has personally led dozens of Adventure Treks trips since its inception in 1993, 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 former town council member), 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, and Charlie. While Audrey and Ella have aged out of Adventure Treks, Ava and Charlie will head off to their respective trips in 2020. Dock is always available to speak with you personally at 828-698-0399 or at dock@adventuretreks.com.

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Dave “Dmac” McGlashan


Dave, or “Dmac,” is our 15th-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.

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Amanda Fox McGlashan

Marketing director

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 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.

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Jack Hoiland

Logistics director

Jack, our ninth-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.

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Rachel O’Neil

Staffing director

Rachel is our staffing director and fourth-season trip leader. 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.

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