Mark Sedon

Mark Sedon

IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide

Kiwi Mark Sedon has a passion for climbing in remote and interesting places and has travelled extensively from his home in Lake Hawea, New Zealand. As well as having many first New Zealand ski descents to his name, Mark has guided over a dozen Himalayan expeditions and snowkited in Antarctica.

  • Bio

    Mark Sedon 2Born and raised in Christchurch and now based in beautiful Lake Hawea, New Zealand, Mark has been guiding for over 20 years.

    He has guided over a dozen Himalayan expeditions including to the summit of Mt Everest. He has also guided seven expeditions to Antarctica including two ski expeditions. He has travelled the world extensively, guiding in Europe, Alaska, South America, Australasia; 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.

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  • Notable Ascents

    Mark Luis Guy Everest 07Everest 8,850m

    • Summited 2007 (pictured with fellow guide Luis Benitez and AC CEO Guy Cotter)

    Seven Summits

    • Has completed 6 of 7 with only Kilimanjaro to go

    Mt Tasman 34,98m

    • 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

    • Mount D'Archiac - 1997
    • Mount 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

    Mark Sedon VinsonEverest 8,850m

    • Guide, 2007

    Vinson Massif 4,892m

    • Lead Guide, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015 (pictured)

    Carstensz Pyramid 4,884m

    • Lead Guide, 2007 (pictured)

    Mark Sedon on the summit CarstenszElbrus 5,642m

    • Lead Guide, 2007

    Denali 6,190m

    • Guide, 2005 (pictured below with AC CEO Guy Cotter)

    Aconcagua 6,962m

    • Guide, 2004


    8,000m Peaks

    Mark Sedon Everest 2007 Photo 6Everest 8,850m

    • Guide, 2007 (pictured)

    Cho Oyu 8,201m

    • Guide, 2006
    • Lead Guide, 2009


    Himalayan Climbs

    Mark Sedon guy summit denali 2005 smallIsland Peak 6,189m

    • Lead Guide, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2010

    Ama Dablam 6,828m

    • Lead Guide, 2003, 2004, 2006

    Mera Peak 6,476m

    • Lead Guide, 2004

    Lobuche East 6,119m

    • Lead Guide, 2004



    Mark Sedon Antarctic Peninsula 2011 Mark Sedon 303Backcountry Skiing, Gulmarg, India

    • Guide, 2011, 2012, 2013

    Antarctic Peninsula

    • Guide, 2006, 2011 (pictured)

    Ecuador Volcanoes

    • Guide, 2005
  • Qualifications

    • IFMGA Ski & Mountain Guide - 2005

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  • Special Projects / Other

    Mark Sedon Antarctica 2017 spectre 21

    • 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
    • Cameraman on Spectre Trans-Antarctic Expedition 2017/2018 (pictured above)