Kent Ratliff Adventure Treks Trip Leader

Kent Ratliff

Trip leader

Originally from San Antonio, TX, Kent is returning to Adventure Treks for his third season as a trip leader. He started guiding trips for the Middlebury Mountain Club, and after graduating was hired full-time onto the outdoor programming team 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. 

  • Education: Middlebury College; bachelor’s degree in computer science and geography
  • Certifications: Wilderness first responder
  • What excites you the most about working for AT this summer? The community of staff and students 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 happiness/sadness of a good thing coming to a close.
  • 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 plan a trip out there every year. It’s a dramatic exposed ridgeline. Going up there our last summer, we could see the reflected flames of a distant wildfire, 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 by J.R.R. Tolkien