Mark is an IT Consultant from Columbus, Ohio specializing in optimizing large-scale Technical Operations deployments through data, metrics and process.  Over the past 25 years, hiking and experiencing amazing natural beauty has become a primary hobby.

Starting out as a day hiker, Mark’s friend Ken invited him on a Llama Trek (www.landerllama.com) in the beautiful Wind River Range of Wyoming in 2005.  The experience uncovered a desire to become more immersed in the hiking experience than just day hikes, and solo backpacking trips (and many more Llama Treks) ensued.

While Mark is barely an intermediate backpacker (just over 50 nights in the wilderness), he looks forward to visiting many more wonders that are best experienced by foot.