Mark Falender, Mountain Guide, RMI Expeditions

Mark began climbing and skiing in the Elk Mountains outside Aspen, Colorado as a teenager. Quickly addicted and always eager, he perfected the theory that "school should never get in the way of your education" - expeditions to South America, Europe, and Southeast Asia became part of his high school curriculum. While completing a Geography degree from the University of Colorado, Mark guided rock and alpine climbing in the summer and taught avalanche education and ski mountaineering courses in the winter. Since then, the days without either climbing shoes or ski boots on have been few and far between- Mark works as a ski patroller and avalanche educator in the winter and a full-time mountain guide in the summer. In addition to RMI, Mark also guides for Exum Mountain Guides in Grand Teton National Park and runs climbing and outdoor education programs for Aspen Youth Experience and the Aspen School District.

  • Summit of Mount Rainier (14,410')
  • Summit of Mount McKinley (20,320') via West Rib
  • Summit of Mount Kilimanjaro (19,330')
  • Nepal expedition including ascent of Yala Peak (18,110') and attempt on Dorje Lhakpa (22,850')
  • Bolivia expedition including ascents of Condoriri (18,530'), Paqueno Alpamayo (17,610'), and Huayna Potosi (19,960')
  • Ski expedition to Alaska\'s Wrangell-St. Elias Range
  • Numerous ascents and ski descents of Colorado 14,000' and 13,000' peaks
  • Rock and alpine climbs throughout the Western US and Europe, including Yosemite, Grand Teton National Park, the desert Southwest, and the Italian Dolomites
  • Numerous ski tours and ski mountaineering descents throughout the Western US, Canada, Alaska, and Europe
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Outdoor Emergency Care Technician
  • AIARE Avalanche Level III
  • Canadian Avalanche Association Level 2 Graduate
  • AIARE Level I & II Qualified Avalanche Instructor
  • Leave No Trace Trainer
  • Certified Rock Guide
  • Certified Ski Mountaineering Guide
  • Completed Advanced Alpine Guide Course and Aspirant Exam in Sept. 2011

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