Rock Odysseys is devoted to making sure that every participant, no matter how experienced
in rock climbing or canyoning, is safe and thoroughly satisfied with their experience! All of our guides are Wilderness First Responder Certified.
Owner and operator, Zach is husband to Heidi and daddy to Jette and Viggo. He is passionate (some would say crazy) about rock climbing and exploring the desert southwest. Zach is a veteran climbing and canyoning guide in Zion and southwest Utah–having invested years getting to know the intricacies of the red-rock backcountry. He has rappelled most every hidden canyon, ascended the major high-altitude walls, and personally put up multiple climbing routes in and around Zion. Zach has the technical knowledge to ensure your safety and deliver excellent instruction, but also a contagious enthusiasm to guarantee you have fun!
Stephen is a Utah local who was born and raised in SLC, and is currently living in Virgin, UT. His parents were very active all the time and his mother was a professional aerial and mogul skier. Stephen’s first guide gig was guiding snowmobile tours near Park City UT. As much as he loved it (saved his life after the death of his first son Gabriel) Stephen quickly realized that lifting those heavy machines out of the snow all day was a just temporary job. On the other hand, rock climbing and canyoning have been known to save his soul. Stephen has been climbing for over a decade and guiding rock climbing and canyons in Southern Utah for about 6 years now. Showing people the parallels that these activities have with life are his passion. Stephen has two children, Lykan his son who is 6 and Olive his daughter who is 4. They are both climbers (on some days better climbers than their dad.) During the last 6 years Stephen has incorporated rock climbing and canyoneering into a few different residential treatment centers around town. The therapeutic value has had a great deal of influence on many lives including his own. It is Stephen’s hope to maybe share some of this experience with the guests of Rock Odysseys.
Kevin is originally from Fairfax Virginia. He’s played music since ’03, and started climbing in ’05. Kevin moved to Southern Utah with the dream of becoming a rock guide (for Rock Odysseys!). He is currently pursuing happiness and fulfillment by climbing, mountaineering and sharing positive, mostly exciting experiences with everyone he possibly can.
Mark has been calling Utah home since 2000, and currently lives in Santa Clara. He has been a Registered Nurse since 2008, and currently works in the Intensive Care Unit at Dixie Regional Medical Center in Saint George with a Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN) certification. He is 32 years old and married with two boys, ages 2 and 4. Mark is passionate about the outdoors, and savors the time he has away from his “real job” to pursue his passion of rock climbing. He has developed several routes in the Southwest and some of his proudest contributions include “The Undeniable Lightness of Being Lyle” and “Legends Never Die” in Snow Canyon State Park, along with several big wall adventure routes in Kayenta, UT.
Gabrielle Olsen was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. The outdoors has been an important part of her life ever since she was a toddler. Starting out with camping and hiking, Gabby later found her passion for rock climbing and alpine skiing. Gabby has traveled all over the west and internationally for rock climbing. Her sophomore year of college she became president of the Uscend climbing club at the University of Utah, which has now grown to over three hundred members. She is currently studying Parks, Recreation, and Tourism with an emphasis in sustainable tourism at the university and is excited about the opportunities in the tourism and travel industry. Her life goal is to travel to a variety of countries around the world to further her knowledge and education in the field of tourism.