Kent Ratliff

Regional director

Originally from San Antonio, TX, Kent currently travels between California and Vermont as a contractor building eco-friendly tiny houses. During his time at Middlebury, Kent was the school’s Outdoor Programs training specialist, coaching new guides to lead kayaking, canoeing, and rock climbing trips. He also led hiking, backpacking, kayaking, canoeing, and rock climbing trips for students as the Middlebury Mountain Club head guide. Kent is returning to Adventure Treks for his fifth season as a regional director. 

  • Education: Middlebury College; bachelor’s degree in computer science and geography
  • Medical certification: Wilderness first responder
  • Favorite outdoor memory: Hiking Trailriders Wall Trail in the Pecos Wilderness on my first expedition planned and executed without parental supervision in high school.
  • Biggest outdoor achievement: I had a lot of fun climbing the route Community Pillar in Red Rock, NV, this past winter. It’s a wonderful adventure climb nearly 1,000 feet tall, the last 200 of which climb through vertical caves. You feel like you’re transported to a totally different world! Also, baking a nice loaf of bread in the dutch oven over a fire.
  • Countries visited: Austria, Czechia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Turkey
  • Favorite hobbies: Environmentalism, social justice, rock climbing, and kayaking!