Mark Sedon

Mark Sedon

IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide

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

  • Bio

    Mark Sedon 2Born 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.


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  • Notable Ascents

    Everest 8,850m

    • Summited 2007


    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


    Everest 8,850m

    • Guide, 2007


    Vinson Massif 4,892m

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


    Carstensz Pyramid 4,884m

    • Lead Guide, 2007


    Elbrus 5,642m

    • Lead Guide, 2007


    Denali 6,190m

    • Guide, 2005


    Aconcagua 6,962m

    • Guide, 2004

     

    8,000m Peaks


    Everest 8,850m

    • Guide, 2007


    Cho Oyu 8,201m

    • Guide, 2006
    • Lead Guide, 2009

     

    Himalayan Climbs


    Island 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

     

    Other


    Backcountry Skiing, Gulmarg, India

    • Guide, 2011, 2012, 2013


    Antarctic Peninsula

    • Guide, 2006, 2011


    Ecuador Volcanoes

    • Guide, 2005
  • Qualifications

    • IFMGA Ski & Mountain Guide - 2005

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  • 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.