Leadership Team

John “Dock” Dockendorf

Executive director

John Dockendorf (everyone calls him “Dock”) is the executive director of Bold Earth, Adventure Treks, and Camp Pinnacle. He founded Adventure Treks in 1993 and reopened the previously closed Camp Pinnacle, which was established in 1928. He has been leading outdoor adventure trips for more than 30 years and still spends his summers in the field, visiting and checking in with our groups across North America. Dock remembers every student he’s ever met!

He’s also a passionate outdoorsman. As a former competitive freestyle skier, whitewater paddler, and marathon runner, he’s experienced firsthand the lifelong benefits of outdoor recreation—and has made it his life’s work to share this experience with his students. With his master’s degree in management from Cornell University, his passion for the outdoors, and his love of teaching (Dock is also involved in several school boards and is an elected member of the town council), he has made the  experience an invaluable one for teenagers and young adults.

One of Dock’s favorite pastimes is traveling. In fact, he’s visited six continents, naming his favorite destinations as South Africa, Thailand, Nepal, Norway, Ecuador, and Iceland. On the home front, he and his wife, Jane, spend their time driving to soccer practices and hiking, trail running, and mountain biking with their four children: Audrey, Ella, Ava, and Charlie.

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Josh Goldbach


Josh Goldbach is the director of Bold Earth. After serving as the associate director for Adventure Treks for four years, he left to lead the training and development department at the Earth Fare corporate office. Josh holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Eckerd College and has worked as an environmental educator for Nature’s Classroom, a glacier guide in New Zealand, and a wilderness instructor for the Boojum Institute.

Josh is a Leave No Trace Master Educator, Wilderness First Responder, and Level 5 Swiftwater Rescue Technician. He is also a passionate world traveler, having lived in New Zealand for a year and traveled through South America, including Ecuador, Chile, Peru, and Argentina. Josh’s favorite countries to visit have been Israel, Tanzania and Kenya, Costa Rica, and Italy. In his free time, you can find Josh whitewater kayaking and mountain biking on the many rivers and trails of western North Carolina.

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Emory Capps

Operations director

Emory was born in Atlanta, Georgia, but at a young age, he began spending every summer in the Appalachians. He attended two years at Appalachian State University before transferring to the University of Colorado at Boulder in pursuit of a degree in integrated physiology and bigger mountains.

After graduating from CU Boulder, he has spent a large amount of his time tackling some of the most famous routes in the United States, including both El Capitan and Half Dome in Yosemite Valley. Climbing has also prompted international climbing trips to Mexico, Spain, Thailand, China, Argentina, and Chile. When he wasn’t out climbing, Emory spent his time guiding youth climbing groups in North Carolina, and snowboard instructing in Colorado. He has clocked in over 80 multi-day trips over his 12 years of working with youth.

Emory joined the Bold Earth team in 2013 as a trip leader, moving into a full-time director position in 2014. In his spare time, Emory volunteers with underserved youth as a snowboarding instructor and mentor. Emory is passionate about programming authentic adventures that meet appropriate challenge levels for Bold Earth campers and strives to improve programming and trips each year.

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Hayley Hucks

Program director

Hayley hails from the sunny state of California! After growing up in Santa Cruz, Hayley pursued a bachelor’s degree at Brigham Young University. Hayley first joined Bold Earth in 2014 as a trip leader in the American West. Since, she’s led campers on trips all over the Lower 48 and in Hawaii, Fiji, and Africa. Before Bold Earth, she worked as the Southeast Asia program manager for The JUMP! Foundation, a non-profit that uses experiential education to teach youth about leadership and global citizenship. When she’s not throwing herself into film, photography, yoga, or writing, she is traveling in the backcountry and spending her free time outdoors. Hayley is certified in CPR and is a Wilderness First Responder.

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Michelle Zimmer

Admissions director

Originally from Michigan, Michelle has called Hendersonville, NC, home since 2010, though she spent many childhood summers in the western NC mountains. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Central Michigan University, and then pursued at TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certification while studying and teaching in Thailand. More recently, she completed a graduate program in mathematics education through East Carolina University, earning a master’s degree. Along with her position at Bold Earth, Michelle is also the event coordinator at Camp Pinnacle.

Michelle is heavily involved in the local community: She sits on the boards of several non-profit organization and volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Leader in Me program. In her free time, Michelle can be found planning her next travel adventure, practicing yoga, and cooking for her family and friends.

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Amanda Fox

Marketing director

Amanda is a North Carolina native and an honors graduate from Appalachian State University with a bachelor’s degree in communication. After college, she moved to Boulder, CO, to be an editor for Climbing and SNEWS magazines, before moving on to a digital marketing agency and pursuing a certificate teaching Bikram yoga. Her passion for teaching and being in the outdoors collided when she found Bold Earth, Adventure Treks, and Camp Pinnacle, for whom she does all sales, marketing, and parent communication. Amanda is a Wilderness First Responder and also spends some time as a field instructor for the Adventure Treks fall school group programs. After work and on weekends, Amanda can be found trail running and mountain biking in the beautiful western NC mountains.

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