Lizzy and Doom, owners of Four Corners Guides

Meet the Owners

With 50+ years collective experience in backcountry adventures and almost as much in the outdoor industry, Steve “Doom” Fassbinder and Lizzy Scully know what it takes to live and play in the world’s wildest areas. Out of a desire to share their passion with others, they created Four Corners Guides. Doom and Lizzy met through outdoor industry connections. They climbed “The Cruise” in the Black Canyon on their first date, the “Naked Edge” in Eldorado Canyon shortly thereafter, and after soloing to the summit of the First Flatiron on election day 2016 decided they were a match made on granite. The summer after Lizzy moved to Mancos, the duo bought an idyllic, remote cabin and 35 acres at the tip of Weber

Mountain. Obsessed with adventuring, it only made sense for them to pursue a dream they both shared of running a base camp, now called Scullbinder Ranch, and adventure guide service together, with Steve the head “Bikeraft Guide” and Lizzy running the business. The couple thrives on sharing the wild, remote places they know and love and the challenging experiences they regularly have with friends, family, and now, with you, Four Corners Guides’ guests. Join us for an extraordinary adventure.

Lizzy Scully

Founder & CEO

A dedicated and passionate adventurer, Lizzy spent more than two decades climbing big walls around the world. She’s best known for her for her first free ascent with Heidi Wirtz of “Bad Hair Day” (5.12-) on the South Howser Minaret, Bugaboos, Canada and her third ascent of “Inshallah,” a route up the 4400-foot Shipton Spire (19,700’) in the Karakoram Range of Pakistan. She focuses now on cycling andpackrafting. Read the “Success Story” about Lizzy and FCG. Follow Lizzy @scullbinderranch on Instagram. Get to know Lizzy!

Steve Fassbinder

Founder, Head Guide

Steve Fassbinder, known as “Doom” among his friends and within the tight-knit mountain bike industry, started adventuring at age 14. He raced single-speed mountain bikes until his 30s, but eventually started focusing on exploring huge backcountry landscapes. Passionate about creative, human powered, low-impact travel, he’s likely explored more of the Southwest United States by both bike and packraft than any other person. Read about him in Outside mag, and follow him @republicofdoom on Instagram. Get to know Doom!

Doom mug shot

Thad Ferrell

Head Guide

Thad spent his childhood traveling out West to fish with his parents. They planted a seed, and whether the branches led to climbing, biking, hiking, fly fishing, or floating the rivers of the West, he knew this was where he wanted to put down roots. Always thinking about fly fishing, and after a very narrow brush with death in 2017, Thad decided to move forward with his dream of starting a guide service. Join Thad on the San Juan River! Check out King Fisher Fly Guides. Follow Thad @kingfisherflyguides on Instagram. Get to know Thad!

Thad Ferrell, Kingfisher Fly Guides

Jonathan Yazzie

Guide, Owner Dzil Ta’ah Adventures

Jon is a full-blooded Navajo and aspiring adventure cyclist and mountain bike racer. He runs bikepacking tours through his company Dzil Ta’ah Adventures, Kayenta, Ariz. He has developed bikepacking routes across Navajolands. Jon brings both bikepacking expertise and a more in-depth cultural experience to Four Corners Guides. Find Jon @dziltaahadventures on Instagram. Read about him on Bikepacking.com and Radavist articles about his new business and bike adventures.

Cara Kropp

River & Bikerafting Guide
Cara has been exploring and guiding in the Southwest and the San Juan Mountains for the last 15 years. Cara has spent time guiding rivers, rock climbing and now coaches mountain biking for Trek Dirt Series and Durango DEVO. After being enlisted on a “Doom Tour” several years ago, she has been guiding bikepacking tours for kids and young adults since. She enjoys fostering new wilderness experiences that are life altering. Find her @ckropp5 on Instagram.

Cara Kropp Rappelling - Foolz Tour

Ben Phillips

River Guide & Advanced Packraft Instructor

With decades of Class V whitewater packrafting and kayaking experience, Ben can take you to the next level of boating. Ben lives in Hesperus with his wife, Kate, and two children, Thorne and Raef. Find him @benton3017 on Instagram.

Jon Bailey

Bikeraft & Bikepacking Guide

Jon has been exploring and tracing lines in the Southwest and the San Juan Mountains since 2000. With 15+ years of experience guiding with the local youth cycling program Durango Devo, 25 years of bicycle wrenching and enthusiasm, and a lifetime of connecting dots with his pen, Jon has been able to reach the community by sharing the wilderness experience and the freedom of the bicycle through adventure, art and love. Find him @jonathansbailey on Instagram.

Jon Bailey

Dan Thurber

Swift Water Safety Institute Instructor, Class V Packrafter

Dan grew up doing river trips with his family and guided multi-day raft adventures for over a decade. He has been a whitewater kayaker for nearly 20 years with a passion for expedition paddling.  After having explored dozens of class V rivers all over the Americas, he took up packrafting as a way to access more remote corridors. Dan has also taught swiftwater rescue for SSI since 2011. Between river safety, technical paddling skill, and expedition practice, Dan has a wealth of knowledge and experience which he is excited to share with anyone looking to take their packrafting to a new level. Follow Dan’s incredible exploits @extraintermediate on Instagram.

Dan Thurber

Also pictured, Dr. Eliza Sampey, a professional adventure and adventure coach. Liz will hopefully be teaching a women’s clinic at Scullbinder Ranch and in the San Juan National Forest in 2022. Dates TBA. You can find her @elizasampey on Instagram.

Next Steps…

Want to learn how to bikepack, packraft, or bikeraft? Interested in women’s-only adventures? Or, do you want to take your skills to the next level and embark on an advanced DOOM Tour? We’ve got featured scheduled tours, or you can design your own. What’s your tour?  Email Us Today!