Meet the Team


Fred Wellington

Founder, CEO

Fred Wellington is the Founder and Chief Exploration Officer of The Ventana Exploration Company. Previously, he held various roles in the climate change and energy field for 25 years. While this work was typically confined to an office or an airplane, it was always complemented by a lifelong passion for the outdoors.

Over the past 25 years, Fred has accumulated extensive experience leading and conducting multiday backcountry trips across North America, specifically in California, Baja California, Quintana Roo, British Columbia, Washington, Colorado, Texas, New Mexico, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho as well as multiple Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states. Fred also has international experience in India, Belize, Guatemala, Bolivia, Peru, Costa Rica, Scandinavia, Turkey, and North Africa.

As a frequent leader of backcountry trips designed for families, Fred is a certified Wilderness First Responder by the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and maintains California certifications in adult/child CPR and lay rescuer epinephrine auto-injection.

The idea for The Ventana Exploration Company is rooted in his own personal experiences taking his 13 and 9 year-old sons on backcountry trips – and giving them an appreciation for ditching the screen and seeing the world around them. Fred’s experience working on environmental issues in the academic, private and public sectors enables him to bring a wealth of perspective on our collective connection to the natural word – and why it is so vitally important to protect that which nurtures us.