Mark Hines is a professional adventurer and endurance athlete, an exercise physiologist and biomechanist, and a writer. He has competed in many of the toughest ultra-endurance races in the world. He has raced in rainforests, across deserts, over mountains, and in the sub-Arctic and Arctic.
Mark spends time conducting research in his labs, writing books on health, fitness and his adventures, and plotting that next big thing. He is currently looking for corporate sponsors to help fund a record-breaking expedition to the Geographic North Pole. Mark is planning to spend the coming years on races, adventures and expeditions all over the world.
In his words:
In a world driven by our economies as they are, and an invented need for corporate and personal wealth, we seem to have become trapped in cycles of self-inflicted (but industry-supported) debt, and resolve to invest our whole lives in being a part of a finance-based system, and even wanting to show others how well we play that game. In that sense, life might be nothing more than some grand game of sudoku - engaging, stimulating, satisfying, but ultimately entirely pointless. We start, we fill in some gaps and we end.
I do not need to race for hundreds of miles in the world's extreme environments, but I love pushing myself physically and mentally, finding myself on the edge and pushing through to a satisfying, enriching conclusion. I do it because it is what I am passionate about. I love nature and world's wild places, and I want to spend my time experiencing them as best as I can. I am also passionate about education and self-development, hence my priority is to complete my doctorate.
As a goal, mere satisfaction is not enough. For me, I need to know I am doing everything I can to live life to the full. Life is such a precious thing. We have a few decades if we are lucky - between growing up and growing old - in which we can truly experience this amazing world around us, to our physical and mental potentials. Maybe one day our societies will be more advanced, utilising technology in place of a workforce, and leisure time will be prioritised as our privilege for being here. Until then, we just have to be more imaginative and daring, in finding ways to make our lifetime truly our own, and what we want it to be." MH
The content of this website is provided free of charge, and I hope it is useful to those reading it. Anyone wishing to donate to help support me is welcome to do so here. I am extremely grateful for any and all support received.
My books are available from Amazon as ebooks and as printed versions. The ebooks are cheaper and can be read on computers, ipads, smartphones and so on, via the Amazon Kindle Reader Apps.
The printed books:
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