Bob and Ruth Wade


Bob and Ruth Wade


Bob, the illustrious owner of The Ute Mountaineer, can be found tele skiing, climbing, surfing, or reading. He loves his hooded sweatshirt, quick afternoon runs up Hunter Creek, and footwear (“call me Imelda”). Bob is looking forward to connecting some of the 10th Mountain Huts in a way he hasn’t done before.


Yes, it’s true; Ruth was born and raised in Aspen proper. She loves cross-country skiing (classic technique), road biking, and hiking, and has most recently learned how to surf. Ruth was chosen for the part of “Little Blue Angel” in her second grade Christmas play, loves Fat Tire, and is setting her goal of getting to her 50th wedding anniversary.

Maile Spung
Owner // Technical Hard Goods Buyer

Maile is an Owner and the Technical Hardgoods Buyer. An Aspen native, Maile is excited to lead the Ute Mountaineer into the future.

Paul Perley
General Manager

Paul and family on some via ferrata in Italy

Paul and family on some via ferrata in Italy

Paul moved here in 1985 from New Jersey for obvious reasons. Most of his time is spent these days enjoying outdoor sports, like mountain biking, hiking, rafting, nordic & downhill skiing, with his family – Jenifer, Spencer & Andrew. Yes, Paul still telemark skis even though most of his friends have given it up.

Sam Barg
Hard Goods Buyer


Sam is the hard goods buyer for the Ute. Sam enjoys running, motorcycling, hiking, cycling and competing in most of the local uphill challenges either on foot or on his skis.

The Office Dog


Mojo has taken over the office and can be found on most days standing guard on his portaledge by Sam’s desk. Mojo’s favorite winter sport is plowing thru the snow in the park or on any trail that he is trying to follow Sam on. His next big goal in life is summiting Smuggler Mtn. by himself.


Joel Nunez-Smith
Marketing Manager

Joel Nunez

Joel’s favorite activities are mountain biking and skiing and he really enjoys exploring the Independence Pass area above town.


Dan Schreck
Floor Manager

Originally from Northern Michigan, Dan moved to Aspen in September of 2015 with stops in Boston and Denver along the way. He has been in the outdoor industry for over 10 years and enjoys skiing as his main discipline. You might also find him giving a catch on the belay side of the rope or being a top rope tough guy making 5.9 look good.


Matt Tietz
Rental and Repair Manager

Matt moved to Aspen in the summer of 2004.  A passionate skier, and snowboarder; he also enjoys camping, hiking, biking, rafting, fishing, and playing softball.  He enjoys trips on the Roaring Fork and Colorado rivers in the summer, and you will find him at Snowmass ski area in the winter.

Sales and Operations

Colleen McCarthy


Colleen McCarthy


Susan Jackson
Office/Sales Associate

Sue Jackson

Susan Jackson

Susan arrived in Aspen in 1976 and has made Aspen her home. When not in the office she can be found either enjoying a raft trip or taking photographs. She was one of the goalies for the Aspen Mother Puckers ice hockey team.

Charlie Gaylord
Sales Associate

Charlie Gaylord

Charlie Gaylord

One of Charlie’s favorite moments was skiing Castle Peak in the summer of 2005 with his girlfriend. Dubbed Charlie “Gearlord” by his friends he’s a gear-aholic who just loves his shades. Zipping off on a hike to Willow Lake or riding his bike outdoors is where you can find him when he is not helping customers at the Ute.