Instructor Qualifications

Mark Allen

Certified Guides Cooperative

Seattle, WA

(360) 305-2383 (Hm)

AIARE Qualifications:

Level 1 Course Leader
Level 2 Course Leader

Other Qualifications:

Level I&II Course Leader and Provider
IFMGA certified mountain guide
Former Southwest Adventure Guides Ski and Avy Director
Lead Forecaster at Northern Alpine Guides
Former Director of Expeditions Northwest LLC
Certified Guides Coopertive Board member
Owner of The Mountain Bureau LLC
Film and Production Avalanche Saftey


Mark is the Director of The Mountain Bureau LLC and a member of the Certified Guides Cooperative, a booking network for climbing trips and courses worldwide. Mark is a Washington born native and cut his teeth in the North Cascades 1991 and began guiding in the Northwest in 2001. Now he is currently a Full IFMGA Mountain Guide; AMGA Rock, Ski, Alpine Certified and a AIARE Level I&II Avalanche instructor.

When not personal climbing across the US Mark divides his time guiding extensive Alpine, Ice, Rock and Ski trips in the North Cascades, Colorado’s San Juans, and European Alps. Mark’s shoulder seasons are typically spent by annual spring migrations to Alaska to alpine and ski guide in the Alaska and Chugach ranges, rock guide in Red Rock NV and Joshua Tree CA, or high altitude mountaineering in Nepal.

Mark’s personal interests are alpinism and ski mountaineering descents in areas that still need exploring. His academic background is in geology with an emphasis on mountain building processes. On his days off he explores the undiscovered corners of his back yard — the North Cascades and San Juan Mountains.