Mark began climbing at the young age of 15 and guiding in 1987. He led his first MM trip in 1994 in the North Cascades. Since then he has led trips on all seven continents, including successful ascents of six of the Seven Summits, and has traveled to more than 25 countries. With more than 50 expeditions to his credit, Mark brings a wealth of hands-on experience that makes our trips run smoothly. He has guided Pik Lenin in Tajikistan, the high peaks of South America, in the Alps, Africa, and Nepal. Mark has made more than 35 big wall ascents, including ten ascents of El Capitan in Yosemite, Mount Hooker in Wyoming's Wind River Range, and Mount Proboscis in the Northwest Territories. In the alpine arena, he has completed difficult lightweight alpine-style ascents in the Andes and Himalayas (including the SW Pillar of Bhagarathi III in India). He loves a good walk too and has completed some of the world's classic treks. When not climbing, trekking, or in the office he is busy raising two daughters. Read more about Mark.
International Program Director
A Northwest native, born in Eugene, Oregon, Steve started climbing at age 14 as a member of a Search and Rescue team. Mountain Rescue and guiding followed soon after. In his 30+ years as a professional guide/instructor/expedition leader, Steve has climbed and trekked extensively on 6 continents. In addition to climbing and guiding, Steve taught well over 100 wilderness medicine courses both in the U.S. and internationally and has worked as a medical care provider on a small and remote island in the mid-Pacific. Continuing the remodel of his cabin in Oregon, reading and listening to music fill his "spare time."
North America Program Director
Having spent much of his upbringing living overseas and traveling as an adult it seems that Jaime has lived almost everywhere. With a degree in Outdoor Education/Leadership from Prescott College, Jaime has spent nearly 20 years as an outdoor professional. He has spent time working/climbing/skiing/kayaking throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, South America, and Europe. As much as he loves all aspects of the mountains he feels that fresh powder and splitter cracks are true gifts of nature. Jaime is an AMGA Certified Rock Instructor, AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Instructor & Level 3, Wilderness First Responder, and a Leave No Trace Trainer.
Angela joined the Madness in 2014. As a commercial photographer, she is responsible for editing and managing the vast image library amassed by the company over the past 30+ years. She also develops marketing assets for web, print, and social media campaigns. When not at the Madness or running her photography business, Angela travels on her dual-sport motorcycle and teaches folks both photography and motorcycling.
A California girl with a passion for travel and adventure, Nicki is a true advocate for living your dream. While in college getting her International Business Management degree, she spent a lot of time in Europe and other far-flung exotic places, lived in Japan for 10 years, and has called Seattle home since 1996. She runs the numbers at our office and is enthusiastic about developing new trip/business ideas that benefit our customers. Nicki is an avid hiker, biker and food explorer, fluent in German, and always looking for the next adventure