Jayson Simons-Jones

IFMGA Mountain Guide and Photographer

Hometown

Upstate NY

Current

Boulder, CO

After growing up in the hills of New England, Jayson escaped to Colorado as soon as possible to pursue a life and a career in the mountains as an Outdoor Educator and Mountain Guide. For the past 22 years, Jayson has been lucky enough to make a livelihood out of his passion for climbing and skiing and sharing these experiences and activities with others. He got his career start as a 24-year old Instructor with the Colorado Outward Bound School before moving into the AMGA tract of professional mountain guiding earning his IFMGA/UIAGM Mountain Guide License in 2014. Today, Jayson make a living primarily as a Mountain Guide and Photographer through his company Lotus Alpine Adventures, LLC; spending most of his time between Colorado and The Alps. Along the way, Jayson has also been a ski patroller, avalanche forecaster, snowcat ski guide, heli-ski guide, and business owner.

What does living the mountain life mean to you?

Living the mountain life to me, means being in tune with the rhythms of the natural world around me. The mountains can be incredibly inspiring and motivating, and sometimes uninviting powerful forces, but they can also be calm and gentle and inviting as well. Living the mountain life means being attuned to the various moods of the surrounding environment and living with enough intention, simplicity and awareness to be able to be attuned to that.

Describe what your perfect day in the outdoors looks like.

A dawn til dusk style adventure in the mountains while climbing or on skis shared with good people, enjoying being in the present moment and just being absorbed in the entire complete experience a full day of moving through the mountains entails.

What's one reason you love working with Stio?

Besides the great quality, styling, and fit of Stio products...I really appreciate the homegrown nature of the brand, having its roots and HQ still in a place like Jackson, WY. It is a brand that was founded by and is run by true authentic mountain lovers, that strive to bring a tangible community of similar like minded people together through the brand.

Do you have any goals or objectives for the coming year?

There are always a few big climbing and skiing goals on the list to keep me motivated. But, more than anything it is to continue to try to embrace the lessons life has taught over the past few years regarding the importance of community, intention, and authenticity.

How do you create balance in your life?

I'm still learning that one!

What styles are you most excited about this season, and where will you be taking them?

I am super excited about the new Stio Skillet Stretch Down Hooded Jacket. This seems like an amazing piece that will come along with me on all my winter guiding endeavors, whether ice climbing, ski touring, cold weather rock climbing, or just cruising around town in.

What does Let The Outside In mean to you?

It means being prepared to go outdoors for the day and enjoy the activities we love in the elements no matter what they are like, while at the same time being receptive to the lessons and experiences the outdoors has for us to experience in our own unique and personal way.

Any other stories, facts, insights or advice you want to share with people?

I have never ever regretted getting up too early, only getting up too late. Go see that sunrise, its always worth it!