Mark originates from Wales, UK, but has now made Lander, Wyoming his home. He is the primary point of contact and relationship coordinator for the bulk of NOLS Alumni. Mark was introduced to rock climbing amongst the Peak District outcrops near Sheffield, England and a school trip to North Wales in 1983 began his passion for paddle sports and mountaineering. These opportunities also inspired his career choice to become a qualified mountain instructor, sea kayak coach and outdoor education teacher. Mark has participated in and led a number of overseas expeditions to such places as Alaska, Baja, Norway, Greenland, Morocco, Tanzania, Kenya and Ecuador as well as completing a doctorate (PhD) in expedition leadership. He has contributed to numerous symposium and events around the world, as well as published his research.