Your Guide

Marc Chauvin

Marc will be your guide, you will not be with someone I have hired you will be climbing and/or skiing with me and I look forward to climbing and/or skiing with you.

I have a diverse background in mountaineering. My experience began by hiking the Appalachian Trail in 1975 and soon after I turned to technical climbing. In 1977, I completed a number of big walls in Yosemite including an early ascent of El Capitan’s Tangerine Trip. I then began guiding in my home state of NH and became the director of a local climbing school. I started guiding high altitude climbs in 1986 including numerous trips to Mount McKinley, Aconcagua, the Himalayas, Ecuador and Peru. Seeing the need for professional standards in mountain guiding, and wanting to get more information myself  I became involved with the American Mountain Guides Association, helping to develop its rock guides program as well as serving as an instructor and examiner. After thirty years of guiding, numerous courses and exams, I was the first internationally certified guide east of the Rockies and 3rd certified IFMGA Guided by the AMGA, the highest level of certification in guiding. I am a Wilderness First Responder, Technician Class Radio Operator and have completed the AIARE Level III Avalanche Course and CAA Professional Level I and 2 Course.

Guiding Credentials

  • Certified by The International Federation of Mountain Guides Association
  • American Mountain Guides Association Certified Rock Guide
  • AMGA Certified Rock Instructor
  • AMGA Certified Alpine Guide
  • AMGA Certified Ski Mountaineering Guide
  • AMGA Advanced Alpine Course (instructor/examiner)
  • AMGA Rock Guide Course (instructor/examiner)
  • AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Course (instructor/examiner)
  • Monitored an Association of Canadian Mountain Guides Assistant and Full Ski Guide Exams
  • American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education Level II avalanche course
  • AIARE Level III avalanche course
  • AIARE Level I course leader
  • AIARE Level II course leader
  • Canadian Avalanche Association Professional Level I Course
  • CAA Professional Level 2 Course (3 Modules)
  • Wilderness First Responder

Guiding Experience

  • Director of International Mountain Climbing School 1983 to 1991
  • Head Guide IMCS 1991 to 1997
  • Owner Chauvin Guides International 1997 to present
  • Rock, Ice, Alpine and Ski guiding experience in NH
  • Taught courses in rock climbing, ice climbing, crevasse rescue, avalanche awareness, self rescue,  leading, top rope instructors course, guides courses and ski mountaineering
  • Guided 5 expeditions to Aconcagua
  • Guided 5 expeditions to McKinley
• Guided 2 trips to the Ruth Gorge in Alaska
  • Guided 6 treks with climbs to 20,000ft in Nepal
• Guided 2 trips to Ecuador
  Guided in Bolivia
  • Guided Mount Auzangate in Peru
• Guided the volcanoes of Mexico
  • Guided in the French Alps including 5 Chamonix to Zematt Ski Haute Routes
  • Taught numerous AMGA Rock Guide Courses and Advanced Rock Guide Courses
  • Taught numerous AMGA Alpine Guide Courses and Advanced Alpine Guide Courses

Climbing/Skiing Experience

  • 40 years climbing experience, 35 years skiing
  • US: Yosemite, Joshua Tree, Boulder Area, Red Rocks, Cascades, Wind Rivers, 17 states overall
  • Yosemite 4 big wall ascents including an early ascent of the Tangerine Trip on El Captain
  • Everest Expedition 1991
  • Extensive climbing and backcountry skiing in NH
  • Europe: France, Switzerland, Italy, and Iceland climbing and ski touring
  • Ski descent of the Kautz Route on Rainier, Coleman Demming on Mount Baker and the Prouty Glacier on South Sister OR
  • Hiked the Appalachian Trail 1975
  • Hiked 1000 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail 1976

Work Experience

  • Three summers living and working in Chamonix, France
  • Full time summer guide Exum Mountain Guides, Grand Teton National Park
  • Owner Chauvin Guides International 1997 to present
  • Head Guide 1991 to 1997 International Mountain Climbing School North Conway, NH
  • Director of IMCS 1983 to 1991
• 1978–1983 Guide IMCS

Related Experience

  • Past Instructor/Examiner AMGA Rock and Alpine guide training program
  • Past Alpine Discipline Coordinator for the AMGA
  • Past President of the AMGA
  • Past Member AMGA Technical Committee
  • FCC Technician Class Amateur Radio License
  • Working knowledge of French