Mark Jones was raised in Cincinnati, OH but fell in love with the mountains on his first trip out west in 1995. He moved to Idaho in 2011 and hasn’t looked back. He has hiked in the hills around Boise extensively, and also loves exploring the Owyhee Canyonlands, making an annual trip to Grand Canyon in Arizona, and diligently working on his “Alpine 88” peak list. In 2011 he hiked 600 miles across the Colorado Rockies, climbing over 50 peaks along the way. In 2015 he married fellow climber Tory (they met on a backpacking trip) and his favorite trips are climbing mountains with her and their belgian shepherd, Vuyo.