Born in Denmark, Morts moved to Greenland when he was 18 to pursue the dream of making a living filming and photographing the rough unforgiving nature of the high Arctic. He spent four years working alongside TV crews from all over the world; BBC, RAI UNO and RTL to mention just a few. He was a fixer for Irish National Broadcasting (RTE) as well as organising and liaising with sports expeditions attempting to cross the Inland Icecap.
A keen climber and mountaineer, from 2000 to 2006 Morts spent seven consecutive summers adventuring in the French Alps honing his climbing and alpine skills and he first summited Mt Blanc in 1999 and the Matterhorn in 2000. He’s since successfully summited 26 4,000m mountains as well as several 5-6,000m mountains, along with attempts on both Lhotse and Everest in Nepal in 2009. Aconcagua is in his sights next, and more of the Himalayas too!
Whilst living in Denmark Morts worked as a photographer and journalist for a range of newspapers and magazines and his work for major brands and market leaders across the world has been widely published internationally. Now in Oxfordshire in the UK, for the last five years his main focus has been on developing and leading educational expeditions to East Africa, Nepal and Mongolia for a large international travel organisation. Morts is a qualified Mountain Leader, BAIMLA Aspirant and Duke of Edinburgh Gold Assessor, and he’s looking forward to bringing his experience and enthusiasm to his treks with 360.
What was your first adventure?
Canoeing 150miles along Klarälven in Sweden as a boy scout was rather epic, I think I must have been 11 or 12 years old at that point.
What has been your most memorable adventure?
My first visit to Chamonix changed me forever! I was in my mid-teens and made the fatal error of ‘just stopping by’ during my inter-rail trip around Europe. I ended up staying for a full month climbing, hiking and mountain biking my way through the valley – talk about an expensive train journey! Living back in the UK now I head back out as often as possible to hone my skills and to catch up with friends and colleagues.
A close second would be my 2006 crossing of Kenya, on a 30-year-old green tractor together with the Dutch actress Manon Ossevoort, who at that point was half-way through driving from her village in the Netherlands to the South Pole. I was invited on board for a leg of her journey as a photographer!
What item of travel kit you can't do without?
A buff! In additional to the normal well-known uses of this multi-functional piece of kit it also doubles as a sleep mask, an arm sling and, in the unthinkable case you have been caught short, it also doubles as toilet tissue (!)
What three bits of advice would you give to people who are keen on adventures, trekking and climbing?
1) Surround yourself with positive people who share your mind-set. Remember positivity attracts positivity.
2) Don’t live by your guidebook. They are good for a general view of a destination/objective however, use the Internet, ask locals and connect with like-minded souls…that is where the real gold nuggets are!
3) Be realistic. If you want to climb K2, learn how to climb before you go. Make a pragmatic list of how you want to achieve this goal. Follow your path, and then go for it!
What is the best thing about your job?
Spending time with amazing people. I love nothing more than listening to other peoples’ stories and tales. It’s a quick fix if you need to restore your faith in humanity.
Why did you choose to work for 360?
Jo and Ben kept raving about you – so had to see it for myself!