Mountain Madness recognizes that our clients are the ones that allow us to keep doing what we love, professionally. Because of that, your business is important to us and we want to ensure that every aspect of your Mountain Madness experience is an enjoyable one. Not only does Mountain Madness have experts in the regions that our client's travel, but we also have a US contact who is here to answer all of your questions. Long before a client's trip departs, Mountain Madness' in-office Area Specialists are preparing for their arrival. All of the logistics for a smooth trip, down to the smallest of details, have been checked, double-checked and confirmed. Whether its equipment questions, training suggestions, recommendations for trip extensions or assistance with travel plans, our Area Specialists' expertise lies in knowing the activities and regions we explore.
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.
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.
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."
IT and Operations
Kayla joined Mountain Madness in June 2010 as Marketing and Outreach Coordinator. She has since taken on various jobs such as managing the company website and social media, and assisting in international programs logistics. She graduated from Western Washington University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Cultural Anthropology and a minor in French. Her passion for learning about cultures drew her to travel the world and making connections with people from many different countries. She has been fortunate enough to have a variety of long-term experiences in Naples and Turin, Italy, as well as Angers, France. Having grown up in the Pacific Northwest, she has a natural passion for being outdoors, hiking and rock climbing. Until recently, her focus has been on school and travel. As part of the Mountain Madness team, she is expanding her outdoor knowledge in mountaineering. She spends her spare time studying languages and playing piano.
During your full service expedition, climbs in the Cascades, and trips around the world, you will benefit from the coordination and organization of Stewart Wolfe. Stewart hails from a climbing family and has been working in the mountaineering industry for 10 years, providing logistical support for expeditions and treks on every continent. He has helped lead multiple glacier schools, treks in Nepal, and climbs in the Northwest. Stewart holds a BA in Anthropology from Western Washington University and a BA in Audio Recording from the Evergreen State College. The only thing he enjoys more than being on the mountain is helping others reach their adventure goals.
Niels was raised in Chicago and at a young age found his love for the mountains in the Wind River Range of Wyoming. With a need to explore new places, he lived and worked all across the U.S. and France. He graduated from Prescott College in 2013 with a degree in Environmental Studies and Adventure Education, and went on to be a guide and Hut Meister for Sun Valley Trekking in Idaho. Niels has his Avalanche Level 3 certification through The American Avalanche Institute, and is a Wilderness First Responder. He is an AMGA apprentice ski guide and an AMGA certified Single Pitch Instructor.
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.