Meet Our Guides2019-05-17T20:12:02+00:00

Meet the people behind Peak!

We’re a small company of passionate climbers and skiers. When you send an email or call, chances are you’ll talk to someone who has actually been on the objective you’re interested in.

Lance Sullins, Owner / Guide

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Lance grew up in Oklahoma and was introduced to rock climbing on a freshman orientation trip in college in 2001. After countless road trips and trips abroad he started guiding in 2014. Lance takes pride in offering a wide perspective of experience to clients and encourages them to seek a variety of climbing objectives and goals to become proficient climbers.

  • AMGA Certified Rock Guide

  • AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor

  • AMGA Apprentice Alpine Guide

  • Certified Wilderness First Responder

  • Avalanche Level 1 and 2

Dan Zokaites, Lead Guide

Dan guides around the world in all disciplines of climbing and has successfully guided clients to the top of several “Seven Summits” including Carstenz Pyramid and Aconcagua. He has been guiding for 10 years and is certified by the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) in all three guide disciplines – Rock, Alpine, and Ski – earning him the highly regarded IFMGA international guide license. Dan also has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech and he enjoys the real world application of mechanical principles in the mountains. His in-depth understanding of rope systems, hauling principles, and other high-tech aspects of climbing enables him to be a particularly effective teacher of these subjects. Dan is also an avid skier and has spent several winters ski patrolling at Telluride Ski Resort. In addition to his AMGA/IFMGA guide certifications, he holds Outdoor Emergency Care, Wilderness First Responder, and Avalanche Level 1, 2, and 3 certifications.

  • IFMGA Internationally Licensed Guide

  • AMGA Certified Rock Guide

  • AMGA Certified Alpine Guide

  • AMGA Certified Ski Guide
  • Certified Wilderness First Responder

  • Avalanche Level 1, 2 and 3

Steven Van Sickle, Instructor & Guide

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Steven is a dedicated climber and motivated mountain guide who is conscientious and skilled at balancing the needs of clients in a safe and professional manner.

Originally born in New Mexico, Steven grew up travelling the world in an Air Force family.  After a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, Steven went back to New Mexico to attend school and found himself learning to climb on the steep granite cliffs of the Sandia mountains in northern New Mexico.  After years of big wall climbing and hard rock climbing in America’s great climbing areas, the natural progression to alpine climbing brought him to Ouray, CO.

In 2012, Steven began the Alpine Mentor program.  This unique opportunity allowed him to climb challenging routes in Colorado, Alaska, Canada, France, Italy, and India with world class mentors from around the world.  Today, Steven’s focus is on completing high altitude technical alpine routes on peaks throughout China and Asia, exploring every corner of the San Juan mountains he lives in, and completing the IFMGA certification process.

  • AMGA Certified Rock Guide

  • AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor

  • Certified Wilderness First Responder

  • Avalanche Level 1, and 2

Jayson Simons-Jones, Instructor & Guide

Jayson is an IFMGA/UIAGM Licensed Mountain Guide, the previous Owner / Operator of Crested Butte Mountain Guides, and has over 15 years of guiding experience on the Western Slope of Colorado. Originally from Upstate NY, Jayson has successfully guided alpine climbing and skiing expeditions on 5 of the 7 continents over the scope of his career. As well, he has had his writing and photography published as an ‘industry expert’ in such publications as: The New York Times, The Denver Post, Outside Magazine, Ski Magazine, Climbing Magazine, and Backcountry Magazine. He career also includes being an AIARE Level 1 & 2 Pro Trainer and Avalanche Course Leader; a Pro Instructor for the Silverton Avalanche School; an Instructor for the Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS; and a former Avalanche Forecaster & Board Member for the Crested Butte Avalanche Center. Currently Jayson splits his time guiding, photographing, and managing guiding programs between Colorado and Chamonix, France. He spends the rest of his time pursuing his adventure photography business of Lotus Alpine Photo.

  • IFMGA Internationally Licensed Guide

  • AMGA Certified Rock Guide

  • AMGA Certified Alpine Guide

  • AMGA Certified Ski Guide
  • Certified Wilderness First Responder

  • Avalanche Level 1, 2 and 3

Pete Lardy, Instructor & Guide

Pete Lardy climbing guide
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From fast and light technical ascents, to 30 and 40 day expeditions, to split boarding from above 24,000 feet before it was “a thing,” Pete Lardy loves all facets of climbing. Pete moved to Colorado after growing up and attending college in North Dakota. The 20 years since have been devoted to climbing and split boarding in the mountains around the world, including the Himalayas, Andes, Alaska Range, Cascades and the Canadian & U.S. Rockies. Owner of Pikes Peak Alpine School, and guiding full time for 7 years, Pete enjoys sharing his experience and knowledge in the industry, and cultivating friendships through the technical, physical, and mental challenges that come with climbing in the mountains. “It’s the best way to come away from a day with a sense of accomplishment.”

  • AMGA Certified Rock Guide

  • AMGA Certified Alpine Guide

  • AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor

  • AIARE Avalanche Course Leader

  • Certified Wilderness First Responder

  • Avalanche Level 1, 2 and 3

Eric Larson, Instructor & Guide

Eric Larson has spent the greater part of two decades climbing and skiing in the mountains around the world. He is an instructor and examiner for the American Mountain Guides Association in all three disciplines (rock, alpine and ski), is one of the head avalanche forecasters for Telluride Ski Resort, and we truly consider him to not only be a jack-of-trades, but an industry leader in shaping how American mountain craft is taught and continually refined in the US. He bases in the San Juan’s for the amazing winter opportunities. He thrives on climbing the frozen waterfalls and exploring deep into the San Juan’s on skis. In spring, Eric usually heads to the Alps to enjoy the hut to hut ski tours and off-piste skiing between Chamonix and La Grave. He has been an expedition leader on countless high altitude mountains in Asia, Tibet, North America, Antarctica, and South America, with over two dozen ascents of Denali and has climbed Cho Oyu (8201 meters).

  • IFMGA Internationally Licensed Guide

  • AMGA Certified Rock Guide

  • AMGA Certified Alpine Guide

  • AMGA Certified Ski Guide
  • Certified Wilderness First Responder

  • Avalanche Level 1, 2 and 3

Marc Ripperger, Instructor & Guide

A native to the plains of Iowa, Marc relocated to the desert Southwest after college and has been ambitiously pursuing his passion for the mountains ever since. Marc has guided throughout North and South America for over ten years. His experience includes extensive ice and rock guiding in the San Juan Range of Colorado, where he makes his home each winter. He has also led expeditions and taught courses in Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Pacific Northwest, Canada, Alaska, Russia, Kenya, and throughout the desert Southwest near Moab, UT. Marc is an AMGA certified rock and alpine guide and he enjoys educating climbers of all ability levels. His passion for teaching is a hallmark of his style and he has a long history of helping climbers reach their goals. Outside of guiding, Marc has established numerous first ascents in the Sandia Mountains of New Mexico, where he lives with his wife. During his days off, he enjoys climbing with his wife and squeezing in time for painting and eating good food. Marc holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from University of New Mexico.

  • AMGA Certified Rock Guide

  • AMGA Certified Alpine Guide

  • AMGA Assistant Ski Guide

  • AIARE Avalanche Instructor

  • Certified Wilderness First Responder

  • Avalanche Level 1, 2 and 3