Mark Selland, 59, was born and raised in Minot, North Dakota. After receiving his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of North Dakota, he went to medical school, graduating from Washington University in St. Louis in 1983.
He moved to Seattle, where he did his residency in internal medicine and while there, developed an interest in mountaineering and high altitude medicine.
In 1988, he came to Alaska to work in a high altitude research lab at 14,000 feet on Mount McKinley. Over subsequent years, he participated in many climbing expeditions in the Pacific Northwest, Alaska and the Himalaya. In 1993 he had the good fortune to summit Mt. Everest. After doing cardiology training in Denver, he moved to Alaska in 1996 where he has worked for the Alaska Heart Institute since.
Four years ago, his wife urged him to start handling for Anchorage musher Robert Bundtzen, and has since used the Bundtzen team to compete in the Copper Basin 300 three times and the 2015 Iditarod.