Mark Austin

Mark Austin

IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide

Mark began his climbing career at the age of 20 and has since climbed extensively in Canada, France and his native New Zealand. Mark loves sharing this mountain environment with others and is always keen to have a good yarn!

  • Bio

    Mark Austin ProfileRaised in Christchurch, New Zealand and now based in Queenstown. Mark comes over from "the dark side" to guide and instruct for us during our busy summers and also guides our winter trips on occasion.

    A ski patroller and self-proclaimed gear freak, Mark is never short of a conversational topic and enjoys sharing good times in the hills with those he's guiding.

    Mark started climbing in 1994 at age 20 and began guiding in 2007. He has climbed extensively in Canada, France and New Zealand. When asked what he enjoys most about climbing he said, "All of it... except sit starts and big roofs!"

    His most memorable climb is an ascent of the West Ridge of Malte Brun with his wife. It was her first climb after kids!

    As well as reaching his IFMGA Mountain and Ski Guide status in early 2012, he is a qualified secondary school teacher.

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  • International Expeditions

    Island Peak 6,189m

    • 2018

    Everest Base Camp Trek 5,554m

    • 2018

    Aconcagua 6,962m

    • 2016

    Ama Dablam 6,828m

    • 2008

    • 2018


  • Mark's Testimonials

    "Leadership was excellent. Mark was knowledgeable and a delight on the trail. He had excellent tips and tended to individuals in the group with good care."
    Evan McKeith, USA, Everest Base Camp Trek 2018

    "We felt extremely well looked after by Mark from the moment we arrived in Kathmandu. He is an awesome guide and we had lots of laughs along the way….and YES he loves to chat! We are both very happy that we chose Adventure Consultants for our trip."
    Karla Blair, Everest Base Camp Trek 2018

    "Leadership was first class, Mark was outstanding."
    Martin Elstow, Island Peak 2018