Ashley Kent Carrithers acquired the lands of Ranquilco in 1979 and ever since has fallen deep into its magic sway.
His memories of travel, adventure, flying, sailing, diving, polo, business, philanthropy, writing and striving for ever more freedom, appreciation and love, dance with the inciting energies of deep peace inherent in the experience, over time, of Ranquilco.
He is pleased to offer to share these with the fortunate few who manage to come here, and hopes that some hints of life defining peace-filled perfections may be witnessed, as pure Nature whispers her dreams of enjoyment in birdcall, river purl and wild, wild winds.
Since he was ten, T.A. Carrithers has spent seasons at Ranquilco and the surrounding mountains. His years in Patagonia have been well spent, riding and hiking through many different areas of the cordillera bringing him to know these lands intimately.
For five years, T.A. worked for the Boulder Outdoor Survival School leading trips into the desert and mountains of Utah. Along with teaching primitive survival and outdoor leadership skills, he was responsible for directing all aspects of 27-day outdoor leadership courses with 30 students and 6 staff members. His job included overseeing all phases the course syllabus, monitoring staff and student relations, route selection, logistics, and risk management. It was during that period, that T.A. discovered that spending time with people in the backcountry is highly rewarding, exhilarating, and just plain fun. T.A. also worked as a pilot in the Wrangell-Saint Elias Mountains of Alaska in the North American summers. He currently lives on a ranch in northern California for half the year and continues to spend many months of the year at Ranquilco.
Leading horse riding adventures and pack trips into the Andes at Ranquilco provides a chance for him to spend some quality time introducing a few adventurous people to the mountains he loves.
Sky Carrithers, largely raised at Ranquilco, is about half horse herself, having grown up with horses both in Argentina and the US. She now lives on the estancia full time, training and managing the herd of horses and running cattle.
Sky has worked as a guide in both countries, and on various ranches as an exercise rider, groom, and riding instructor. She has also spent nine years working and showing Quarter horses, and has successfully competed in endurance races.