Owner, Manager, Senior Educator and Guide
Colorado Wilderness Rides and Guides is owned and operated by Joshua Baruch. Joshua has been working in the outdoor industry for 16 years, with experience in outdoor guiding, healthcare, mountain rescue, transportation, and safety. Joshua has a tremendous passion for exploring the outdoors, a desire to promote exploration in others, a strong sense of responsibility related to mountain safety, and an uncanny ability to find the best local places and experiences possible.
Joshua grew up in Connecticut but spent much of his childhood ski racing in Vermont and backpacking/ski mountaineering in the Presidential Range of New Hampshire. His first backpacking trip was at age 7 with Mother, Heidi, and brother, Eddie, that included eight days and nights in the eight AMC huts around New Hampshires Presidental Range. At the end of that trip,he was hooked by the mountains and what he had experienced on that trip. The next year he skied Tuckermans Ravine headwall for mothers day at age 8 and that tradition continued every mothers day for the next 8 years. Josh now lives in Boulder with his wife, Erica, son, Asher, and daughter, Lilah. When not working, Josh can be found on the many trails, peaks, and couloirs in Colorado’s front range mountains. Throughout the four seasons, the Baruch clan continuously explores the magnificent terrain, scenery, and wildlife of their incredibly extended backyard!
After years as a professional Tennis athlete on the ATP Pro Tour, Josh started guiding in 1997, with a 3 month guide apprenticeship in Switzerland, and has more than 18 years of professional guide experience on 5 continents. Josh’s outdoor experience includes managing and owning a mountaineering guiding company that operated domestically and internationally for 5 years (California Expeditions), more than 30 international expeditions to five continents; AMGA training and AIARE certifications; 2 years high angle search and rescue experience; 2 years EMT-I working the 911 call system (Golden and SWAC Firestations); W-EMT training and certifications; Critical Care registered nurse and seven years nursing experience (including trauma intensive care units, telemetry, post anesthesia, interventional radiology); Certifications in Advance Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS); College Instructor for outdoor navigation, Safety consultant and risk management plans written for the State of California; and Former wildfire red card and wildlife crew member.
Josh has continued to build upon a solid outdoor foundation and passion developed from a young age. The important lesson I learned is exposure at a young age can really set the seed for a fondness and love of the outdoors. I am trying to create the same foundation for my kids and those that I have the opportunity of share time with outdoors, regardless of their age. We all get our exposure to different things at different ages and times. The most important thing is creating a safe, fun, and engaging experience to maximize personal growth, learning, and ‘thirst for adventure of some kind’. Josh lives by two principles in the mountains and rivers: 1. The summit or destination is optional and getting down safely is mandatory.
2. Just because you love the mountains, does not mean the mountains love you.
My goal is to create a safe stimulating and amazing experience for all our guests!