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BIO

 Born and raised in Christchurch and now based in beautiful Lake Hawea, New Zealand, Mark has been guiding for 15 years. He has guided over a dozen Himalayan expeditions including to the summit of Mt Everest. He has also guided six expeditions to Antarctica including two ski expeditions. He has traveled the world extensively, guiding in Europe, Alaska, South America, Indonesia; big wall climbing in Yosemite, Zion and Australia; skiing in India, Utah, Europe, Japan and Canada; and kitesurfing in Vietnam, Hawaii, Peru, Australia, and Ecuador.

Mark is an approachable, enthusiastic guide who is driven to deliver high quality, enjoyable climbing and skiing, safely.

NOTABLE ASCENTS

Everest (8850m)

   AC Guide Mark Sedon atop Everest for his first time in 2007.
  • Summitted 2007
 

Seven Summits

 
  • Has completed 6 of 7 with only Kilimanjaro to go
 

Mt Tasman (3498m)

 
  • Climbed new route on Balfour Face (Grade 6) with Guy Cotter, 2003. Read about the climb here.
 

 Mt Dimeria, Antarctica

 
  • Ski descent - Lead Guide, 2010
 

First Ski Descents, NZ

 
  • Mt D'Archiac - 1997
  • Mt Hooker - 2012
  • Many more...
 

Q & A

 What do you love most about climbing?
The journey to somewhere remote and/or interesting.

...about guiding?

Getting to go to places that dreams are made of.

Most memorable climbing experiences?

Sailing to Antarctica and skiing/climbing there and summit day on Everest, watching the lightening show from above!

Outside of climbing how do you like to spend your time?
Keen kitesurfer on the long left handers of Peru and love paragliding.

INTERNATIONAL EXPEDITIONS/GUIDING

 

SEVEN SUMMITS

Everest (8850m)

 
  • Guide, 2007

Vinson Massif (4892m)

 
  • Lead Guide, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015

Carstensz Pyramid (4884m)

 
  • Lead Guide, 2007

Elbrus (5633m)

 
  • Lead Guide, 2007

Denali (6194m)

 
  • Guide, 2005

Aconcagua (6962m)

 
  • Guide, 2004

8000M PEAKS

Everest (8850m)

 
  • Guide, 2007

Cho Oyu (8201m)

 
  • Guide, 2006
  • Lead Guide, 2009

HIMALAYAN CLIMBS

Island Peak (6189m)

 
  • Lead Guide, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2010

Ama Dablam (6828m)

 
  • Lead Guide, 2003, 2004, 2006

Mera Peak (6476m)

 
  • Lead Guide, 2004

Lobuche East (6119m)

 
  • Lead Guide, 2004

OTHER

Backcountry Skiing, Gulmarg, India

 
  • Guide, 2011, 2012, 2013

Antarctic Peninsula

 
  • Guide, 2006, 2011

Ecuador Volcanoes

 
  • Guide, 2005

QUALIFICATIONS

  •  Adventure Consultants' mountain guides are qualified IFMGA / UIAGM Mountain and Ski Guides   IFMGA Ski & Mountain Guide - 2005

SPECIAL PROJECTS/OTHER

  •  Wrote and supplied photos for a book on Classic Rock Climbing in NZ
  • Co-wrote Adventure Consultant’s Climbers Guide with Guy Cotter. 
  • Chief Ski Guide for Harris Mountains Heli Ski in NZ
  • Lead guide for Kashmir Heli Ski in Gulmarg, India.
  • Trustee and Event Director for the NZ Mountain Film Festival charity.

 

I’ve done 6 expeditions of this style now, in all cases the guides were very competent, but I thought Mark was exceptional.  He read the group and their competencies very well, the trip and ‘mountain strategy’ were very well planned and he demonstrated a lot of experience and good judgement.  He also set an amicable and relaxed tone for the group which made the trip a pleasure even on the harder days.