Mason attended Appalachian State University in North Carolina where he earned a B.S. in Recreation Management and an M.A. in Higher Education with a concentration in teaching sustainable develoment. Following a brief period teaching English in Italy, Mason officially began his career in the travel industry. For more than a decade he guided guests on cycling, hiking and adventure tours in the U.S. and five other countries, gaining in-depth experience in Alaska, Washington, Montana, Wyoming, New Mexico, California, Hawaii and across the Pacific to Thailand, China, Vietnam, Cambodia and Japan. Mason’s love for travel and wildlife and sharing those experiences with others is what drives him. His passion for the outdoors keeps him psyched for the next adventure, whether it’s climbing, fishing, taking pictures in the mountains of the West, or planning that next big trip farther from home.