Marc Chauvin

Marc has a diverse background in mountaineering. His experience began by hiking the Appalachian Trail in 1975 and soon after he turned to technical climbing. In 1977, Marc completed a number of big walls in Yosemite including an ascent of El Capitan’s Tangerine Trip. He then began guiding in his native state of NH and became the director of a local climbing school. Marc 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, Marc 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, Marc is the first internationally certified guide east of the Rockies and is a member of the IFMGA, the highest level of recognition in guiding. Marc is a Wilderness First Responder, Technician Class Radio Operator and has completed the AIARE Level III Avalanche Course and CAA Professioal 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/exainer)
• 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
• 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

Climbing Experience

  • 35 years climbing experience, 25 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 and Italy climbing and ski touring
• Hiked the Appalachian Trail 1975
• Hiked 1000 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail 1976

Work Experience

  • 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

  • Professional Member of AMGA
• FCC Technician Class Amateur Radio License
• Working knowledge of French
• Instructor/Examiner AMGA Rock and Alpine guide training program
  • Member AMGA Technical Committee