Ray Rodney

As Wilderness Travel’s Special Projects Manager, Ray plans and manages our educational Special Events, which have taken him from the Mayan countries to the Andes, Greece, and Egypt for archaeology programs; from Kenya, the Serengeti, and Botswana to the Bering Sea and Sea of Cortez, and to both the Arctic and Antarctic for natural history programs; and to the Himalayas, the Alps, and the Dalmatian Coast for culturally-themed events. He has also organized 12 total solar eclipse programs in 20 different locations around the world. Ray is also a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader, lived in Nepal for more than ten years, and has explored and trekked in some of the most remote parts of Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, India, and Mongolia. He has an extensive knowledge of Asian history, ecology, and religion, and is particularly knowledgeable about Tibetan Buddhism, holding a BA in Philosophy and Religion from Antioch College. Ray has led numerous Wilderness Travel trips in Asia, including our very first trips to Tibet and to remote Mt. Kailas.

Upcoming Trips:

The Arc of the Sacred Symposium: Buddhist and Hindu Kingdoms, January 25-February 8, 2015
Alaskan Passage, May 16-23, 2015
Total Solar Eclipse of 2016: From Bali to Borneo, March 1-15, 2016

Recent Photo Blog Posts

Gorilla Family Portrait

Client Testimonials:


The symposium was designed and ran without a disruption of any sort. Ray Rodney is an expert at what he does and a great complement to Wilderness Travel. Diana B. and Arthur S., World of the Maya: New Discoveries at Ancient Copan Ray is a consumate professional and a pleasure to know. Hilary H., Total Solar Eclipse in Polynesia To Ray Rodney: I want to commend you for your professional profile and presentation. Your poise, careful planning, and orchestration of logistics, experience and expertise made you a superb leader of this motley group of seafarers. You enjoy my great respect for a job well done. Pat A., Antarctica: In the Footsteps of the Great Explorers I also want to say, most emphatically, that Ray Rodney did an outstanding job. He kept everything going but without being at all overbearing. In his quiet, friendly way, he made sure that all the details were taken care of. I found his organization, planning, and execution impeccable. Andrew Szegedy-Maszak (Guest Speaker), A Greek Odyssey Ray was superb in every sense—caring, attentive to detail, all-inclusive, helpful, sensitive, concerned, thorough. A better person could not be found! Sorrell and Carole G., An Antarctic Odyssey I have to use only superlatives to describe the WT program staff. Ray is simply outstanding. Cannot even imagine the program without Ray. Taj B., World of the Maya: The Millennium at Tikal Ray’s knowledge of Nepal and the personal relationships he’s built over the years there were amazing. His willingness to share that with us was very special. I hope I can be honored with another Ray-led trip sometime somewhere. Bob H., Everest Adventure
Ray is a superb trip leader—professional, organized, and patient. He provided us with a wealth of information on Nepal, the mountains, Buddhism, Hinduism, and the Nepalese way of life. Sheryl D., Annapurna Sanctuary Ray was terrific! His knowledge of Nepal and fluency in the language was wonderful. He could answer every question put to him. Margie C., Everest Adventure I enjoyed Ray immensely. Professional on all levels. Unperturbable, generous, and good humored. Our staff seemed to enjoy and respect Ray too. Vinnie M., Humla to Kailas Ray was simply masterful! His dedication, sense of purpose, meticulous caring for all of us, and organization were just some of the attributes he called upon to make this experience as meaningful as possible for everyone. I would actually consider a trip to “hell” if Ray were leading it. Peter J., Humla to Kailas Ray is a particularly thoughtful and resourceful leader—truly at the top of the field. Joanne P., Washington, DC
Ancient Kingdoms of Peru Symposium