Adventure Quest Institute

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Robert Stradley lives near Big Bear California  with his son Trent. Robert has had a lifelong fascination with the wilderness; he began extended wilderness trips in California’s High Sierra at age three. Later, he became active in the Boy Scouts of America where he attained the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank in Boy Scouting.

Later Robert was the recipient of the Gold Congressional Award of Merit presented to him by the United States Congress. In 1986 he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation and Camp Administration, with an emphasis in wilderness programming, from Biola University.

In such organizations as the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, church groups, and various camping programs, Robert has been working with youth for over thirtyfive years.  Robert worked for five years at Disneyland, where he climbed the Matterhorn and taught Disney history and philosophy at the Disney University. Robert has been a rock-climbing instructor for nearly forty years.I

Robert began dog sledding in 1996 after joining an Iditarod team on a nighttime training run in Wasilla, Alaska. Since that time, Robert and his family been raising,  training, and racing the  Team Quest sled dogs as far away as Wyoming and Colorado.

When  Robert is not performing, or caring for, and training his 15 sled dogs, he spends his time teaching outdoor education programs, running dog sledding tours near Big Bear, and working as a children's ski instructor at Big Bear Mountain Resorts.

In 2003, Robert founded Adventure Quest Institute, Inc. This educational non-profit organization has been inspiring thousands of students each year at various schools, libraries, churches, and other civic organizations.


Trent Stradley (17) has been mushing from a very early age. He has won many mushing trophies in his career. His best mushing accomplishment was his first place win in the junior class of the California Dirt Dog Race, the first internationally sanctioned race dryland race in California history. Trent is an active member of the Tribe of Tahquitz, the honor scouting organization of the Long Beach Area Council, Boys Scouts of America, and volunteers his Summers teaching rock climbing at Camp Tahquitz, the councils camp located in Barton Flats, CA. Trent also competes as a varsity member of the Big Bear High School cross Country and track team.