Mark Seaton

Mark Seaton

I am a member of both the British Mountain Guides and the French Mountain Guides Associations. I have permanently lived and guided out of Chamonix for over 25 years, during this time I have climbed and skied with people from all walks of life. The fascinating part of my job is that each client is unique in that they all have completely different mountaineering ambitions. For example, on the one hand I was the first mountain guide to lead a blind man – with no mountaineering experience whatsoever – to the summit of Mt Blanc.While on the other hand I am one of the few mountain guides in the world to have guided a client up the North Face of the Eiger. Therefore, I believe my guiding experience is probably unique. Added to which I have worked for the BBC TV on several occasions, most recently as the camera safety expert for part of their seminal series “The Forces of Nature”, which filmed the death defying Ibex climbing the Cingano Dam in Northern Italy. I am also the author of the successful Mark the Mountain Guide children’s books which have been published in the UK, USA and France. Partly as a result of this and partly because I have three daughters of my own, I have considerable experience guiding young children on all sorts of mountaineering and skiing adventures. For example all 3 daughters had skied the Vallée Blanche by the time they were five years old. Within the Chamonix Valley I love the day ski tours in the Aiguille Rouge and its fantastic rock climbing in the summer. Nevertheless ,although Chamonix is the mountaineering capital of the world I also believe that Chamonix is uniquely positioned hub from which many other interesting places can be reached quickly. My aim has always been to be as flexible as possible and be able to go where the conditions are good at the time rather than trying to crow-bar a given itinerary into an impossible weather and conditions forecast.