Mark Petersen has been described as “an avid backpacker and hammock freak.” Mark has climbed 48 US state Highpoints as well as the Matterhorn, Mt. Rainier, Vinson Massif, Pico de Orizaba, Mount Baker, Ben Nevis – Scotland, Scafell Pike – Wales, Snowdonia – UK, and Kilamanjaro. He has also hiked the Inca trail, 760 miles of the AT in sections, 250 miles of the PCT and half of the Ouachita trail.
Mark is also know for his canyoneering. Mark has successfully navigated and guided the following canyons at least once; Keyhole, Heaps, Pine Creek, Imlay, Mystery, Blue John, Echo, Das Boot, Birch Hollow, Fat Mans Misery, Behunin, Englestead, Orderville Subway, Narrows, Telegraph, Wife #3, Wife #2, Cassidy Arch IceBox, Refrigerator, Buckskin Gultch, and Ephedras Grotto (Mid-evil Chamber).
If anyone knows what a backpacker needs to stay dry, comfortable, warm, and bug-free, it’s Mark. Clark Outdoor has been fortunate to profit from Mark’s insights and suggestions since 2001.
“Since his first Spartan Race in 2013, Mark achieved the Spartan Trifecta, which is comprised of three different race distances completed within a year. The “Sprint” at 5 miles with 20+ obstacles, the “Super” at 10 miles with 25+ obstacles, and the “Beast” at 15 miles with 30+ obstacles. Mark also completed the Spartan “Triple” Trifecta which consists of three Spartan Trifectas completed within a year. He is a certified Spartan Obstacle Specialist, and is currently in the process of completing his SGX Coach and Spartan X certifications. He is co-founding Captain of the largest obstacle racing team in Utah, “Warrior State of Mind”. In addition, Mark hosts monthly obstacle course training workshops at his home, in Sandy, where he has transformed his backyard and house into a miniature Spartan course with over 30 obstacles. To say that Mark enjoys the challenge of overcoming obstacles might be an understatement!””
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