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.

Mark is a fully certified and internationally licensed IFMGA/AMGA Mountain Guide. Experience includes extensive climbing and mountaineering throughout the western United States, the Italian Dolomites, Southeast Asia, and South America, as well as ski descents throughout the Western US, Alaska, and Europe. Mark works as a ski patroller and avalanche educator at Aspen/Snowmass in the winter and as a full-time mountain guide in the summer. He guides for Exum Mountain Guides and Rainier Mountaineering, Inc. Mark also manages climbing, canyoneering, and outdoor education programs for several organizations, is a qualified AIARE 1 and AIARE 2 Avalanche Education Course Leader, and is an American Avalanche Association Certified Instructor.

  • 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
  • IFMGA/AMGA Mountain Guide
  • NREMT-Paramedic
  • AIARE Avalanche Level III
  • Canadian Avalanche Association Level 2 Graduate
  • AIARE Level I & II Qualified Course Leader
  • Leave No Trace Trainer
  • AAA Certified Instructor

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