My name’s Mette Mortensen. I was born in 1975 and I’m enthusiastic about outdoor living. I spend my everyday working as an outdoor guide and a mountain guide, as an author, speaker and own and manage my company All-Out. I live on Zealand and I am the mother of four wonderful kids, two of which are bonus children. As a child and young person, I was a scout and have always spent my spare time on outdoor pursuits. Since 2013, I’ve worked fulltime with outdoor living, primarily as a teacher and communicator. In 2019, I participated in the third season of the Danish version of ”Alone 3”.
How did your interest in outdoor living arise?
I’ve always been driven by nature and outdoor living and, throughout my life, I’ve spent many hours, days and nights in the open air. In 2013, I chose to pursue my dream of living by the motto, “When I grow old, I’d much rather regret something I did than anything I didn’t do”. This has resulted in a switch from a successful career in management to life as a self-employed outdoor guide – and I certainly haven’t regretted that.
Why’s it good to take off on your own?
To me, having the opportunity to spend 58 days and nights alone in the harsh, raw and amazing Norwegian wilderness was a great experience and a gift. I was out there in autumn 2018 when nature, the cold, the weather and the resources are few, raw and challenging. The experience has given me a great deal of confidence in terms of my own skills and abilities to take care of myself, both physically and mentally. This has made me feel both proud and grateful; the experience has meant a great deal to me and will be part of me for the rest of my life.
Why did you apply to take part in "Alone" and what was it like to participate?
I applied to take part in ”Alone 3” for two primary reasons: Firstly, a desire to face a personal challenge and, secondly, the desire to gain both knowledge, learning and experience in relation to my role as teacher and communicator. My experiences have given me a considerable amount of knowledge and learning which has been of great importance to me – both privately and professionally