Guest Guide / Opening Presenter
IFMGA Mountain Guide
Saturday Night Presentation: IFMGA licensed mountain guide, Mark Puleio delves into the allure of the mountain mystique. George Mallory, English mountaineer, when questioned why climb Mt Everest responded, “Because it’s there.” Join Mark as he offers a visual story of humans interacting with mountains and his experiences as an international mountain guide.
I am a native New Englander who has always been passionate about skiing, which naturally led me toward a life in the mountains and a myriad of exploratory pursuits therein. I pursued a degree in Wilderness Leadership from Prescott College in Arizona in 1994. This comprehensive learning and mentorship opportunity provided a solid and diverse foundation to begin my career as a professional mountain guide. After working for a decade as a climbing instructor and guide (rock, ski & alpine), I immersed myself in certification training and assessment with the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA). I spent five years training with some of the leading guides in our country, having my personal guiding practices extensively evaluated and finely honed by peers while on courses and during rigorous examination. In March 2008, I completed my full guide certification becoming an internationally licensed IFMGA/UIAGM guide, the highest achievement for mountain guides worldwide.
Find out more about Mark and his wealth of knowledge and experience here: Mark Puleio