Mark grew up hiking and cross-country skiing in the nature preserves of the Midwest until his family moved to California. He began his undergraduate studies as a business psychology major at University of California Santa Cruz, but after taking a year off to bike solo down the California coast, travel Brazil, work in an Alaskan cannery and hike the Sierra Nevada, Mark returned to college as a Buddhist studies major who was deeply afflicted with wanderlust. After graduation, Mark spent a year in India and Southeast Asia before starting his guiding career in Alaska in 1995.
As a certified Alaska State Naturalist, he led sea kayaking,
Upcoming Adventures with Mark:
Madagascar Wildlife Adventure
Praise from Nat Hab travelers:
"I could not be more pleased or impressed by our guide Mark. He was well organized, very sensitive to each guest's needs and diplomatic in addressing these. He was very accessible and generous with his time and attention. He was well informed about the wildlife, as well as geology, history, culture and politics. Were the circumstance to arise, I would definitely seek him out as a leader on a subsequent trip."
"Mark was an exceptionally good Expedition Leader. His good humor and kind attention to everyone helped to make the trip a great success. He was very knowledgeable and informative about the wildlife and conservation issues. I also appreciated hearing about Ugandan culture and social issues from the perspective of an American who had lived in Uganda."
"Mark loves what he does and it shows. He is a good addition to your team."
"Mark did an amazing job and I felt we were incredibly fortunate to have him as our Expedition Leader (particularly given the limited number of excursions he guides each year). He is passionate and committed to Uganda's development and extremely knowledgeable about sustainable conservation efforts that are compatible with economic growth. Nat Hab is lucky to have him!"
S. & J. Jacobs
"Mark was always pleasant and very knowledgeable. He was especially encouraging and helpful on the gorilla trek."
"I have been on several Nat Hab trips and Mark was definitely the best guide I have ever had. He made sure he spent time with every traveler and did his best to ensure everyone's requests were taken care of. He was knowledgeable about Uganda and would share personal anecdotes about his time in the country."
"Mark was just plain excellent!"