Mark is an ultralight backpacker based in Rovaniemi on the Arctic Circle in Lapland, Finland. Originating from England, he grew up walking the South Downs in Kent before getting bitten by the outdoor bug on a trip to the mountains of Snowdonia, Wales. After spending a few years living in Romania exploring the Carpathian mountains, he returned to the UK to get a BA in Photography, then hooked up with a cute classmate and promptly left for Helsinki, Finland. Soon after that they moved even further north to Rovaniemi where he lived for eight years and had a great time hiking on the fells of Lapland and the mountains of northern Norway and Sweden. Just as he was getting comfortable, his cute classmate (now wife) got a teaching gig in Minneapolis. For three years he enjoyed the great open spaces of the U.S.A., but returned home to Lapland in 2011, where he currently spends as much time hiking as possible.
When he’s not walking, he works as an internationally-exhibiting artist making large-scale video installations, writing screenplays, taking photographs, and brewing beer.
Home: Rovaniemi, Finland
Favorite training grounds: Finnish Lapland, where I’m spoilt for choice in wilderness hiking on the rolling fells and tundra, and the exciting, crinkly, pointy bits of Norway are never far away.
Current plans: I’m currently writing an epic hiking guide to Lapland which I anticipate consuming several years, many pairs of shoes, and an awful lot of dehydrated shepherd’s pie. I’m also adapting my Ultralight Makeover series into an eBook, and planning a long distance hike in Sarek National Park for later in the year.