Paragon Guides Professionals

The professionals at Paragon Guides are some of the best outdoor adventure guides in the country.

Kurt Kincel

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Kurt Kincel

Kurt Kincel Kurt started his mountaineering career in the wooded hills of upstate New York. After a climbing trip through the Western states, the move to Colorado was inevitable. For more than a decade Colorado has been his “base camp” for further adventures both Kurt Kincel Paragon Guidesguiding and personal pursuits, ranging from Canada to […]

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Rochelle Ford

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Rochelle Ford

Rochelle Ford Rochelle_FordRochelle has worked with Paragon since the winter of 2008. A native to Colorado she has lived in the area since she was a teenager. On skis or snowshoes she enjoys exploring the mountains near her place in Vail. Rochelle is certified as a Wilderness First Responder and has an AIARE Level 2 […]

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Pam Gibbs

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Pam Gibbs

Pam Gibbs Pam describes herself as a soul with a perpetual drive to understand life. She first followed a more conventional approach, studying Plant Biology at Wellesley College and then completing full graduate level studies in Biology at Brown University. She then opted to continue the quest by returning to her childhood love of wild […]

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Ryland Gardner

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Ryland Gardner

Ryland Gardner Ryland Gardner has been guiding for Paragon Guides since . He moved to the west from Virginia after college and has lived in or close to the Rocky Mountains since. Ryland has a Master of Arts from Prescott College in Natural Science and Environmental Education and his passion for the natural history and […]

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Meredith Goldberg

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Meredith Goldberg

Meredith Goldberg Born and raised in northeastern New Jersey, Meredith spent the happier moments of her childhood “romping” in the Adirondack, Catskill, and Berkshire Mountains. She graduated from Colgate University in 1989 with a BA in English Literature and immediately moved to Colorado, following the undeniable pull of the mountains even before in was fully […]

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Mike Holmes

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Mike Holmes

Mike Holmes Mike was born and raised on the Continental Divide, just south of Guanella Pass, Colorado. He spent many of his formative days exploring and learning about the high alpine terrain near the 11,669ft pass that had been named by his mother. The remote mountain setting located between the historic mining towns of Breckenridge […]

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Philip Peralta-Ramos

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Philip Peralta-Ramos

Philip Peralta-Ramos Philip has been a year round guide for Paragon since 1989. He immigrated to Colorado from New York City where he received a degree in creative writing from the University of Colorado at Boulder. His passions for learning and the outdoors soon led him to the Colorado Outward Bound School, where he worked […]

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Will Elliott

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Will Elliott

Will Elliott Will Elliott grew up in the Paragon family, and has spent countless nights in the mountains. After graduating from the Denver University in 2005, Will moved back to the Vail Valley and resumed guiding ski mountaineering trips in the winter and rock climbing, camping, trekking, and mountain biking expeditions in the summer for […]

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Karen Peck

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Karen Peck

Karen Peck, Company Manager Karen has served as the ‘voice in the office’ and hub of Paragon’s trip logistics since 1990.  She and her husband moved to Colorado from Minnesota in 1988 and worked at a high alpine guest ranch for a couple years before joining Paragon.  A couple decades and 2 kids later, she […]

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Donny Shefchik

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Donny Shefchik

Donny Shefchik There is often one in the ranks who becomes timeless, who has been around forever, who remembers that hidden campsite from a solo trip 10 years previous. Paragon’s Field Director and Senior Guide, Donny Shefchik, may be that one. Time and miles can make someone aware of their surroundings, but passion separates the […]

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