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Mark Joyce

Mark Joyce

Prepared | Persistent | Patient

Mini Bio

Regarding my adventure journey, some people say I’ve been lucky. But I say it’s about making my own luck in pursuit of adventure. Pursuing a professional career in engineering was a choice, but I always knew it was secondary to my passion to be outside exploring and learning new skills. I’d joke about returning to work on a Monday morning for a rest after the weekend’s activities. From an early age, I’d divert much-needed funds and time into adventures around caving, kayaking, cycling, mountaineering, skiing, flying, and travelling. As life moved on the adventures continued and widened into various corners of the world, with so many places and adventures still remaining.

Favourite Place to Play

The British Isles – almost anywhere where there’s water and rock.

Not a lot of People Know This

I’d left the aircraft at 15000’ with an intention of opening my parachute at 3000’. With an unexpected total malfunction less than 12 seconds from the ground, I decided it was no time to panic.

Qualifications Read More
  • Summer ML
  • Winter ML
  • International Mountain Leader
  • Outdoor First Aid
Experience Read More

Adventured throughout the UK, the Alps, Andes and Himalaya. Led numerous multi-week treks and development programmes with teenagers in various corners of the World. Spend several weeks a year training and assessing UK Mountain Leaders.

Biggest Adventure Read More

Attempting the 6800m Ama Dablam in the Himalaya. Thwarted from reaching the summit by a dangerous icefall the disappointment soon evaporated as the ‘adventure’ turned into a high altitude rescue of a very sick friend.

Specialist Subject Read More

I can bore people with my considerable knowledge of UK railway signalling and control systems.

What Fellow Travellers Say About Mark

He made good decisions regarding the changes needed as a result of weather.

Joe Brosky
Wilderness Walking - The Coast of Cornwall
Reviewed on 04/10/2023

Very knowledgeable, professional, helpful, dedicated. He was wonderful.

Marilyn Nippold
Wilderness Walking - The Coast of Cornwall
Reviewed on 02/10/2023

Mark Joyce did it all: accommodated idiosyncratic interests and needs (like providing a separate route for one hiker who preferred a less strenuous day, and showing me where to replace my lost phone charger on the way to meet the van); assisted a hiker (not in our group) who had taken a nasty fall; made alternative itineraries to match the weather and the time; and told the most interesting travel stories ever!

Valee Keogh
Wilderness Walking - The Coast of Cornwall
Reviewed on 30/09/2023

Mark did a good job making adjustments to the schedule depending on the weather.

Donna Brosky
Wilderness Walking - The Coast of Cornwall
Reviewed on 29/09/2023

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