Ken Jones lives in Washington State but always seems to visit Idaho each year. You can find his name in summit registers all over the state. Ken was the first person to climb every Idaho Peak with 2,000 feet of prominence.
Ken has been bagging peaks of various sorts since he was 16. He started with the peak lists formulated by the Sierra Club’s Hundred Peaks, Sierra Peaks and Desert Peaks Sections (completing the first of those impressive lists in 1997). Ken states, “I’ll probably never finish the other 2 lists although I still hit a new DPS peak every once in a while.” Ken moved on to Mazamas lists when he moved to Oregon. Next up, he tackled the state high points next, completing the list in 1994. County high points were next. Ken independently started drawing up lists of county high points but he relates, “Thank goodness I found out that others were already doing much of that map work!”
Ken is now based in the Seattle area and his current interests include: “Prominent peaks (especially those with 2,000 feet or more of prominence in the U.S. and Ultra prominences around the world), some county high points and some of The Mountaineers’ peak lists. I’m more of a scrambler than a climber, though I’ve gotten myself up a few of the more difficult peaks when I needed to.”