Patagonia Frontiers is a diverse community            that shares a common passion for nature, education and conservation. 

John Hauf, Director and Founder Patagonia Frontiers John founded, owns and operates Patagonia Frontiers. Trained as a climber and wildlife biologist at Ohio State University, John has had a special affinity for wild places ever since he was a child. He is an educator, mountaineer, explorer, entrepreneur and true believer in the power of trust, respect and tolerance.  He has climbed extensively in South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and North America, including Kilimanjaro, Denali, Aconcagua, Mexico, Yosemite, New Zealand and many other places. John had a 24-year long career with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) where he founded and directed the Patagonia branch for fifteen years, leading numerous expeditions and field time. He founded Patagonia Frontiers in 1999. In addition, John was a member of Chile's National Committee on Safety and Risk Prevention in Mountain Sports and a private outdoor risk management consultant. When John isn't at home in Patagonia he guides in many other places including Kilimanjaro and Denali. Certifications: Wilderness First Responder/CPR, Leave No Trace Master Educator

John Hauf, Director and Founder Patagonia Frontiers

John founded, owns and operates Patagonia Frontiers.

Trained as a climber and wildlife biologist at Ohio State University, John has had a special affinity for wild places ever since he was a child. He is an educator, mountaineer, explorer, entrepreneur and true believer in the power of trust, respect and tolerance. 

He has climbed extensively in South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and North America, including Kilimanjaro, Denali, Aconcagua, Mexico, Yosemite, New Zealand and many other places.

John had a 24-year long career with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) where he founded and directed the Patagonia branch for fifteen years, leading numerous expeditions and field time. He founded Patagonia Frontiers in 1999. In addition, John was a member of Chile's National Committee on Safety and Risk Prevention in Mountain Sports and a private outdoor risk management consultant.

When John isn't at home in Patagonia he guides in many other places including Kilimanjaro and Denali.

Certifications: Wilderness First Responder/CPR, Leave No Trace Master Educator

Michael Mtuy, Wilderness Guide Michael is from Tanzania. He guided Kilimanjaro with John for several years and moved to Chile to work at Patagonia Frontiers in 2009. Besides guiding Patagonia Frontiers expeditions, he has been instrumental in building out our greenhouses and ensuring we are stocked with fresh seasonal food. When he isn't at the ranch Michael is studying to become a dentist and playing with his 1 year old daughter.

Michael Mtuy, Wilderness Guide

Michael is from Tanzania. He guided Kilimanjaro with John for several years and moved to Chile to work at Patagonia Frontiers in 2009. Besides guiding Patagonia Frontiers expeditions, he has been instrumental in building out our greenhouses and ensuring we are stocked with fresh seasonal food. When he isn't at the ranch Michael is studying to become a dentist and playing with his 1 year old daughter.

Jorge Cuyul, Wilderness Guide/Chef Jorge was born and grew up in Patagonia. He grew up in the mountains, forests, rivers, and lakes that make up this wonderful region. He loves the natural world, enjoying the simple life, and always being outdoors. He joined Patagonia Frontiers in 2001. Jorge guides expeditions, is our expedition cook and ranch project coordinator. 

Jorge Cuyul, Wilderness Guide/Chef

Jorge was born and grew up in Patagonia. He grew up in the mountains, forests, rivers, and lakes that make up this wonderful region. He loves the natural world, enjoying the simple life, and always being outdoors. He joined Patagonia Frontiers in 2001. Jorge guides expeditions, is our expedition cook and ranch project coordinator. 

Don Moncho Don Moncho was born in the valley and knows every knook and cranny of the area. He is our neighbor and frequently joins us on expeditions as a horse guide and packer. 

Don Moncho

Don Moncho was born in the valley and knows every knook and cranny of the area. He is our neighbor and frequently joins us on expeditions as a horse guide and packer. 

Don Lucho

Don Lucho (Luis) was also born in the valley and like Don Moncho knows every knook and cranny of the area. He is our neighbor and frequently joins us on expeditions as a horse guide and packer. 

Tammy McCorkle, Work Crew Program Manager, Social Media and Photographer

Born and raised in Maryland, Tammy was a career law enforcement ranger with the Maryland Park Service.   Just prior to her retirement in 2012, she joined the Patagonia Frontiers team, spending time working at the ranch and also working remotely from her home.  Tammy has successfully expanded the Patagonia Frontiers work crew program over the last several years, manages our social media and is an amazing photographer.  Tammy enjoys cooking, photography, hiking, scuba diving and traveling to remote places around the globe. 

Tania Escudero, Head of Business Operations Tania was a client of Patagonia Frontiers in 2013. She fell in love with the ranch and business and returned to join us as a staff member helping us manage our customer relationships and manage strong business rigor.  Prior to joining our team, Tania worked at Microsoft where she led multi-function global customer service and support teams for Microsoft’s Advertising business. Tania has over 15 years experience building and running global organizations and operations for enterprise customers in different sized companies (startups, SMB and corporate) across the Digital Marketing ecosystem.  Tania graduated from the University of Washington Business School in 1999 with a major in Marketing and Information Systems. She is currently completing her graduate degree in Transpersonal Ecopsychology from Naropa University.  Tania Escudero is from Mexico, currently lives in Seattle with her husband and one and a half year old.

Tania Escudero, Head of Business Operations

Tania was a client of Patagonia Frontiers in 2013. She fell in love with the ranch and business and returned to join us as a staff member helping us manage our customer relationships and manage strong business rigor. 

Prior to joining our team, Tania worked at Microsoft where she led multi-function global customer service and support teams for Microsoft’s Advertising business. Tania has over 15 years experience building and running global organizations and operations for enterprise customers in different sized companies (startups, SMB and corporate) across the Digital Marketing ecosystem. 

Tania graduated from the University of Washington Business School in 1999 with a major in Marketing and Information Systems. She is currently completing her graduate degree in Transpersonal Ecopsychology from Naropa University. 

Tania Escudero is from Mexico, currently lives in Seattle with her husband and one and a half year old.

Mike Hook, Wilderness Guide and Work Crew Leader

Mike guides a variety of different outings including educational programs, supported treks, and mountaineering trips. Mike is also a work crew leader for the many and varied ranch projects including train maintenance, bridge building, forestry, and construction. He's just the fellow you want at your side in the middle of nowhere. When he isn't at the ranch, Mike attends paramedic and firefighter school and works in outdoor and environmental education in the U.S.A.

Certifications: First Aid/CPR/AED-Red Cross (2015), First Responder-MD DNR (2013), Wilderness Search and Rescue III-MD DNR (2013), Wildland Firefighting S-190/S-130/1-100/L-180 - MD DNR (2013), Waterfront Lifeguard -MD DNR(2013), Fire Fighter 1 Baltimore County Fire Department (2013), Project WET/Project WILD/Project Learning Tree - MD DNR (2011), Boaters Safety certificate - MD DNR (2013), ACA Kayak/Canoe - MD DNR (2013)

Chris Brown, Wilderness Guide and Work Crew Leader Chris is one of our wilderness guides for guided and supported treks. Chris is also a work crew leader for the many and varied ranch projects including train maintenance, bridge building, forestry, and construction.  While Chris graduated from Emory University in Maryland with a dual Bachelors of Arts in Economics and Political Science he has spent his time working in more outdoor educational roles.  Chris was a backcountry instructor for Camp Thunderbird Inc, and the Mountain Institute. He has instructed for backcountry trips in locations such as: Olympic National Park, North Cascades National Park, Mt. Rainer National Park, Mt. Baker/Snoqualmie, and the Dolly Sods Wilderness. Chris has truly enjoyed alternating summer seasons traveling between the two hemispheres. In addition to his outdoor occupations, he loves to travel, play his mandolin, read and write. Chris has spent several years living and learning in Spanish speaking countries (Spain, Chile and Argentina). Living and learning in other places across the globe continues to powerfully impact Chris' life. Those moments of vulnerability are captivating. He hopes to continue exploring internally and externally for years to come.  

Chris Brown, Wilderness Guide and Work Crew Leader

Chris is one of our wilderness guides for guided and supported treks. Chris is also a work crew leader for the many and varied ranch projects including train maintenance, bridge building, forestry, and construction. 

While Chris graduated from Emory University in Maryland with a dual Bachelors of Arts in Economics and Political Science he has spent his time working in more outdoor educational roles.  Chris was a backcountry instructor for Camp Thunderbird Inc, and the Mountain Institute. He has instructed for backcountry trips in locations such as: Olympic National Park, North Cascades National Park, Mt. Rainer National Park, Mt. Baker/Snoqualmie, and the Dolly Sods Wilderness. Chris has truly enjoyed alternating summer seasons traveling between the two hemispheres.

In addition to his outdoor occupations, he loves to travel, play his mandolin, read and write. Chris has spent several years living and learning in Spanish speaking countries (Spain, Chile and Argentina). Living and learning in other places across the globe continues to powerfully impact Chris' life. Those moments of vulnerability are captivating. He hopes to continue exploring internally and externally for years to come.