Born and brought up in the Scottish Highlands, Mark Anstice developed a passion for adventure and the Earth’s wilder places at an early age. He joined the Army three years after leaving school. At the same time, he began planning expeditions, squeezing them in between operational commitments in the Gulf, Central America and Bosnia.
Leaving the Services as a captain in 1995, he set up a company offering extreme sports holidays. It was a not a financial success, and the spent the subsequent few years abseiling from London’s taller buildings, fixing and cleaning them to pay off his debts. Despite his business mistakes, however, he had managed to undertake 12 major expeditions to deserts, mountains and jungles around the world.
Mark has made two films for television including the award-winning Crampons & Cannibals, which accompanies this book. He has also written many articles for adventure magazines and is a motivational speaker.