OUR GUIDES
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BEKA ADAM

Hiking, Biking & Ski Guide Manager
First Aid, CPR
Hometown: Alpharetta, GA
School: University of Georgia

Beka joined the VVR crew when she moved to Colorado in 2009 and was instantly captured by the beauty and allure of Rockies. In the past few years she has served in a variety of roles; most recently as Human Resources and Activities Coordinator. She has done it all at the ranch, and this winter will be transitioning into managing the Adventure Center. Beka loves to spend time outdoors with her handsome husband, Michael. She couldn’t live without running, skiing, hiking, and camping in the Zirkel Wilderness. Travel is a big hobby of hers so she spends most of her time off exploring new routes or new countries, depending on the week!

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BRANDON MARTIN

Snowmobiling Program Manager/Fly Fishing Manager
WAFA, CPR, BLS Certified
Hometown: Lancaster, PA
Previous Job: United States Army

Brandon had hobbies before kids, but now his favorite past time is spending time with Wyatt and Scottlyn, and his lovely wife, Rachelle. Occasionally, he still finds time to get some fly fishing and backcountry skiing in, though! He's got quite a musical background, and spent several years serving our country as well. If you can get him to talk about himself out on the river, you're in for some amazing stories.

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ISAAC NESS

Flyfishing Guide
First Aid,CPR,AED
Hometown: Plymouth, MN

Isaac is an outdoors-man in every sense of the word. Growing up he spent his time wrangling turtles, catching monster Pike, and frogs. Now he splits his time between fishing, hunting, and backpacking. Isaac just returned from Belize where he spent his winter chasing Bonefish around the flats. We are excited to have Isaac and his expertise at the ranch again this season.

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BEN SIMMS

Hiking and Biking Guide
First Aid, CPR
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
School: University of Georgia

Ben was born and raised in Atlanta, GA and attended the University of Georgia. After graduation, he move to Estes, Co and became a mountain biking, hiking, and backpacking guide in Rocky Mountain National Park and the surrounding wilderness areas. There, he developed a deep desire to be in the mountains and nature and to share that appreciation with others. Later, he worked as a Landscape Architect in Boulder, where he designed parks, school grounds, and state parks. Ben's desire to live a simple, authentic life in the mountains with good people kept pulling at him, so he and his wife, Addie, decided to pack up and move to Clark. In their free time, they love to do anything to get them outside along with their dog, Chief.

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NATE MARGASON

Safety Manager/Guide
CMC EMT Program
Hometown: Elgin, TX

Nate is officially our Safety Manager, but that is just the start of what he does at the ranch! When not fixing things or overseeing our fleet of 14 hot tubs, or guiding, or wrangling, he finds time to pursue his hobbies that include hiking, playing softball, dancing, and horseback riding. Nate really enjoys playing on Vista Verde’s intramural softball team during the summer and volleyball during the winter. For his first job, Nate was involved in restoring a 1939 Cadillac LaSalle. He is a volunteer with North Routt Fire Department as an EMT and Firefighter type 2. Finally, Nate married our own lovely Melissa in October 2016 in VVR's Great Room!

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ZACH WINGO

HR Assistant/Flyfishing Guide
USCG Certified Captain, CPR, AED, Wilderness First Responder
Hometown: Annapolis, MD
School: University of South Carolina

Zach is a dedicated outdoorsman who has been chasing anything with a set of gills or pair of antlers since he was 2 years old. Growing up on a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay, he enjoys fishing for striped bass and sailing during the summer months. In the fall, he can be found bowhunting for whitetails and sika deer. Zach is also a proud USC Gamecock and looking forward to an awesome summer at VVR! Fun Fact: Last summer Zach sailed 1,900 nautical miles from Annapolis, MD to the Bahamas with his father.

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MILLER ANDERSON

Flyfishing Guide
Hometown: Charleston, SC
School: The Citadel, Military College of South Carolina

Miller studied Business Administration at The Citadel in South Carolina and graduated from the college in 2011. His interests include: fly fishing, fly tying, running, hiking, and playing soccer. His main passion is fly fishing. He has previously worked as a fly fishing guide for Rainbow Trout Ranch (2012,2016) and Tarryall River Ranch (2016). During the Christmas/New Year holidays in 2015 he traveled to Chile/Patagonia for 2 weeks to fish, a Do-It-Yourself trip with a friend. His next destination for fishing is New Zealand. When not on the river, he also enjoys horseback riding.

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SHANNAN BALZER

Biking and Hiking Guide
Wilderness First Responder
Hometown: Placerville, CA
School: California Polytechnic State University

Shannon is constantly trying to get her hands on a new adventure. She is outside from sun up to sun down rarely seen without her Jammy Pack (music playing fanny pack). She loves to travel! Shannon has been to over ten countries and visited every continent except Antarctica. Fun Fact: Shannon loves Thai food!

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JOHN MCHUGH

Biking and Hiking Guide
CPR and First Aid Certified
Hometown: Vermont

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