Colin Wann, Owner
I love Colorado. I have grown up influenced by the landscape of this place where the mountains rise up from the plains. I am someone who needs to get outside and explore, to stretch my legs and get my heart beating, and see what’s around the next bend. As a director for Apex Ex, I am committed to providing an exceptional opportunity for those interested in safe adventures for all ages. I hope to help you get outside and enjoy the Front Range however you choose to do so! My education: Wilderness First Responder, 7 year Outward Bound Instructor, AMGA SPI, AIARE Avalanche level II, Experiential Education in the outdoors BA, Prescott College. Valuing lifelong learning, I am currently involved in the rigorous process of Mountain Guide courses and exams through the AMGA.
Sam Seward, Director
Sam is a passionate climber, skier, and mountain biker and by ski patrolling in the winter and guiding in the summer Sam has been able to turn these passions into a career. He has grown up on the Colorado front range and has been exploring the surrounding wilderness since he was a kid, taking advantage of the world class destinations he is lucky enough to call his backyard. Some of the more committing expeditions Sam has been apart of include self supported traverses in the Peruvian Huayhuash, Georgian Caucasus and Mongolian Atai mountain ranges. What Sam enjoys almost as much as taking part in these adventures is being able to pass on his knowledge and experience with others.
I have been adventuring and working in the wilds of the world for 15 years. Travels have taken me mountaineering in the Himalaya’s, skiing on glaciers in Canada and Europe, and deep into the canyons of Mexico. I find fulfillment in teaching skills to others, albeit climbing, skiing, or wilderness travel. The mountains keeps us humble and always learning. I believe this helps fill our primal drive for challenge and calculated adversity. Without this we cannot reach our true attainable success. This is my job, to facilitate and teach to the higher goals and unrealized potential within individuals. My reward is meeting people from all walks of life and finishing the day with new friends. When not at home working for Apex Ex, I teach in the outdoor education program at Prescott College, and guide in the European Alps.
I began backpacking in Colorado at the age of 7, when my Dad had to carry my pack up the big hills. I love the mountains, and have rock climbed, backpacked, and frolicked in the peaks of Peru, Ecuador, Mexico, Cuba, Canada, California and Colorado. After 7 years as a weekend warrior in the Sierras, and a foray into guiding with the Yosemite Mountaineering School, I am thrilled to be working with with Apex Ex. I have extensive experience leading groups and love to share my passion for the outdoors. Let’s play!
I grew up in Durango, CO, but moved to Boulder in 2008 to attend college at CU Boulder. There I earned a BA in Communication and Elementary Education. When I am not guiding for Apex, I work as a substitute teacher in BVSD and a lead instructor at the Boulder Rock Club. Over the past five summers I’ve worked as an instructor for Outward Bound — guiding trips from 15-30 days in the backcountry. Most recently, I spent three months in Alaska working two backpacking and one mountaineering course. In my free time I climb, mountain bike, backcountry ski, and run. My next two personal trips will be rowing an 18′ boat down the Grand Canyon for 18 days this March and to ski Denali in May and June.
Hi my name is Ryan I have been working in the outdoor industry for almost 8 years. I believe that experiences people have in the wilderness can significantly change there concept of life and there own personal choices. I love to spend my personal time rock and ice climbing here on the front range as well as traveling internationally.
I developed my thirst for outdoor exploration and travel at a young age. Growing up on the beautiful (yet flat) shores of Michigan’s Lake Superior, I began my travels to the ski slopes of the west before I was big enough to catch a high-speed chair lift. At college in Montana, rock, ice, and mountain climbing got my attention, as well as biking and hiking which helped broaden my ski season conditioning tool box. From guiding on Washington’s Mount Rainier, various trips to Greenland and an always expanding tick list of outdoor pursuits, I am constantly dreaming and scheming for the future. Currently I am journeying through the Bernese Oberland of Switzerland where I plans to utilize my photography skills, appreciation for culinary wizards as well as a recently earned Master’s degree in Anthropology. For me, there is no better way to spend the day then outside with someone who is eager for adventure and challenge. I look forward to spending the day with you!