Mark grew up in Chicago, IL and moved West at the age of 26 years old. Since then, he instantly became enthrolled into the outdoor culture. It wasn't until 2012 when the serious mountains called his name, when he climbed teh giant glaciers of Mount Baker and Mt. Rainer in Washington. Moving from Southern California to Breckenridge, CO he began setting goals of climbing all of the Colorado 14ers and the Seven Summits around the world. The taller and gnarlier it got, the more he wanted to climb it. To this day, he still doesn't really have more of an explanation than "the mountains were calling."
He joined MTJMe in late 2013, as he was interested in what Tommy was doing for others. "Before joining MTJMe, I never met anyone with CF. I didn't know what it was, so I came in slowly with one foot in and one foot out. I was quite nervous and didn't to be someone that people looked up to, but didn't have the faintest idea what the disease really consisted of." It wasn't until 2014, after climbing Mt. Elbrus in Russia that he realized how important his role actually was. "I was on the news with Tommy. I filmed him spreading some ashes for one of his friends that had passed, left a penny on the summit for a young girl that was taken from the world too early, and held a picture of another lost CFer on top of the mountain. It was amazing. It brought tears to my eyes."
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