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/29,035ft)

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

    Seven Summits

    • Completed in 2019 with his final climb, Kilimanjaro.

    Mt Tasman (3,498m/11,476ft)

    • 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

    Seven SummitsMark Sedon Vinson

    • Everest (8,850m/29,035ft) - Guide 2007
    • Mount Vinson (4,892m/16,050ft) - Lead Guide 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015 (pictured)
    • Carstensz Pyramid (4,884m/16,023ft) - Lead Guide 2007 (pictured below)
    • Elbrus (5,642m/18,510ft) - Lead Guide 2007
    • Denali (6,190m/20,308ft) - Guide 2005
    • Aconcagua (6,962m/22,841ft) - Guide 2004

    8,000m Peaks

    • Cho Oyu (8,188m/26,863ft) - Guide 2006, Lead Guide 2009

    Himalayan ClimbsMark Sedon on the summit Carstensz

    • Island Peak (6,189m/20,305ft) - Lead Guide 2003, 2006, 2008, 2010
    • Ama Dablam (6,828m/22,401ft) - Lead Guide 2003, 2004, 2006
    • Mera Peak (6,476m/21,246ft) - Lead Guide 2004
    • Lobuche East (6,119m/20,075ft) - Lead Guide 2004


    • 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

    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)