Instructor, California Adventure & California Challenge 3
Originally from San Antonio Texas, Kent will be joining Adventure Treks for his first season as an instructor. He started guiding trips for the Middlebury Mountain Club, and after graduating was hired by the professional outdoor programming staff to plan orientation trips, oversee the student club, and provide hands-on training. Kent has also been working as a contractor building eco-friendly tiny houses. His free time is filled by with playing music, reading books, climbing, hiking, and long pone calls with friends.
- Education: Middlebury College, bachelor’s degree in computer science and geography
- What excites you the most about working for AT this summer? I’m excited about the community of staff and participants that we will be building together. This is one of the focal points of AT, and it happens to be my favorite part of leading trips. I’m looking forward to that end-of-trip exhaustion and happy-sadness of a good thing coming to a close.
- What do you do when not working for AT? I like going on long backcountry treks, reading, rock climbing in the desert, tinkering with odd mechanical things, skiing, and building eco-friendly houses!
- Favorite outdoor memory? There’s a saddle in the Pecos Wilderness of New Mexico called Trail Rider’s Wall that connects two large peaks. My friends and I planned a trip out there every summer. It’s such a dramatic exposed ridgeline. Going up there our last summer, we could see the reflected flames of a distant wildfire,t and the entire sky turned this crazy cataclysmic ochre that reflected onto the landscape.
- Favorite quote: “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” – Bilbo Baggins, The Fellowship of The Rings (JRR Tolkien)