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Ray Rodney

As Wilderness Travel’s Special Projects Manager, Ray spends much of the year planning and managing our educational Special Events. These events may involve discussing wildlife conservation issues with world-renowned experts in African game reserves, joining the world’s top Egyptologists for special access to the treasures of the Pharaohs, or watching an eclipse in a remote corner of the world with top astronomers. Past prominent guests have included Jane Goodall, Sir Edmund Hillary, Mary Leakey, Egyptologist Zahi Hawass, wildlife biologist George Schaller, mountaineers Reinhold Messner and Conrad Anker, adventurer Thor Heyerdahl, National Book Award winner Barry Lopez, and free soloist Alex Honnold.

Ray is involved in every aspect of planning and managing our Special Events. These special programs have taken Ray around the world, for symposiums on Mayan archaeology in Central America, wildlife research in Africa, conservation efforts in Patagonia, the development of art and architecture in Asia, and the history of exploration in Antarctica. In addition he has organized eclipse viewing programs in 21 different locations over the last 25 years. His favorite eclipses include seeing the glowing red Soufriere Volcano as a backdrop for the 1998 eclipse in the Caribbean, and sharing the joy of the eclipse with awe-struck Kazakhs and Mongols in western Mongolia in 2008.

Originally a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader, Ray resided in Kathmandu, Nepal, for over 10 years, where he directed academic study programs, taught English, consulted in development projects, and joined the adventure travel world as a trekking guide. He has explored and trekked in some of the most remote parts of Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, India, and Mongolia, and has led numerous Wilderness Travel trips in Asia, including our very first trips to Tibet and to remote Mt. Kailas.

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Ray is a wonderful, caring, and accomodating trip leader. He is a pleasure to work with.
— Rita K., Los Altos, CA
Total Solar Eclipse of 2016: From Bali to Borneo
Ray is a particularly thoughtful and resourceful leader—truly at the top of the field.
— Joanne P., Washington, DC
Ancient Kingdoms of Peru Symposium
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