I stumbled across St. George Utah in 1992, during a prolonged climbing road trip after spending 12 years in the US Navy. Beyond the natural beauty of the region, and the compelling nature of the desert that initially drew me to the area, it was the small but friendly climbing community and the wealth of undeveloped rock that kept me here.
I began Paragon Adventures in 1994 with the idea that I would use the instructional skills developed during an assignment as a Navy survival instructor, to teach basic rock climbing courses to locals and visitors to the region. Yet I eventually realized we were providing as much inspiration as instruction, and it dawned on me that what we were really doing was providing various contexts in which each of our guests discovered that they were capable of much more than they suspected.
Our guiding belief is that each of us have capabilities that modern civilization leaves untapped, and each of us harbor an undiscovered well of stamina, strength, and mental toughness that lies deep with ourselves. Our adventure programs are designed to allow each of our guests to challenge themselves to the point that they tap into this source of strength. And while most of our guests never realize that they have had a seminal experience, they nevertheless walk out our front door with a deep sense of accomplishment and hopefully an enhanced self image,… or at a minimum just having had a blast doing something really awesome in a beautiful environment.