Jessie Holmes, 36, was born and raised in Alabama. He left Alabama 17 years ago “looking for adventure” and ended up in Montana where he worked as a carpenter for three years. He came to Alaska 13 years ago to “become a mountain man” and is now a subsistence resident of Nenana. Currently he is a carpenter and TV personality. He started mushing in 2004 and became interested in running Iditarod after winning the Kobuk 440 in 2017.