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LEAD BUYER - Apparel and Related Accessories

Lander had a big pull for my husband Brian and myself in the mid to late 90’s, small town, amazing community, great year round climbing, access to the Wind Rivers. In 2000 Wild Iris Mountain Sports made it possible for my husband and I to relocate. The amazing community has grown, I still enjoy climbing and have a newer affinity for long day hikes into the Wind Rivers with Nel my always game 11# miniature poodle. #girlsbestfriend 😊 I consider myself one of the lucky ones and am incredibly grateful, I get to live in a great town, play in our beautiful backyard and work with an amazing team of folks at WIMS.

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BUYER - Climbing Equipment & Climbing Footwear - Camping & Backpacking Gear and Accessories - Sunglasses & Sunglasses Accessories - Books & Maps - Nutrition Bars & Drinks

Wyoming born, I grew up in Cody. I was introduced to climbing my sophomore year of high school; Since then, in some form or another, it has been a constant presence in my life. I enjoy developing new routes and boulders when I take the time. Road-tripping and living in a tent at climbing areas around the West were a prevalent part of my 20's. These trips were enjoyed with my original climbing friends and partners from our high school days. Many good stories can be recounted from those days, but i digress. At some point we all should grow up a little, so I enrolled in the Computer Networking program at Central Wyoming College, achieving my AAS in that program in May 2012. Two months prior to my graduation, I joined the Wild Iris team and have enjoyed the experience and opportunity. When I came on-board here at the shop I worked the sales floor, but given my penchant for all things computers, except printer installs, I was happy to accept positions in the back office. I am proud to be a part of this team, absolutely appreciate my co-workers and am happy being an integral part of this cornerstone business supported so greatly by the Lander community and beyond!


Originally from the Midwest, I'm proud to call Wyoming my home, and more specifically, Lander. I'm here to become a better climber, keep skiing, and spend as much time as I can in The Winds.

I hope to meet as many people as I can, here at Wild Iris, who share my passion for the outdoors!

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Mark has lived in Lander for 20 years, and has spent much of that time wandering around the mountains of Wyoming underneath an enormous pack. He prefers backpacking in the Absaroka Mountains to the Wind River Range (shhh...), and has recently discovered the distinct pleasures of exploring the Great Divide Basin by bicycle.

While roped up, Mark favors Wind River and Teton alpine routes, and Cody water ice. If forced to sport climb, he is partial to Fairfield Hill and the Aspen Grade Wall.

Mark is often joined on his adventures by his wife, Susannah Bletner, and their son, Reuben. Mark has an embarrassingly long work history- including librarian, trail crew grunt, registrar, bookseller, janitor, and teacher- and is delighted to be spending his semi- retirement with the wonderful Wild Iris community.


In pursuit of a change in scenery and new adventures, Hannah recently relocated to Lander in August 2018 from Santa Fe, NM. She grew up in the mountains of Colorado and loves to explore all the West has to offer. Hannah enjoys hiking, camping, backpacking, downhill skiing, snow-shoeing, and anything else the outdoors has to offer. Being outdoors and submerged in nature is like therapy to Hannah and she needs it to maintain her sanity. When not at the shop, or exploring the outdoors, Hannah is a freelance interiors draftsperson and designer.