Mark Allen

Mark Allen

North Cascades WA, San Juan Mt. CO

Mark Allen's Passions

Skiing
Climbing

Mark Allen's Bio

Mark is the Director of Expeditions Northwest LLC, a booking network for climbing trips worldwide. Mark is a Washington 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 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.

Mark Allen

Mark Allen wrote a review of on April 12, 2012

Ferrosi Hooded Softshell Jacket-Must Have!
5 5

I recommend this layer to all my clients and climbing partners. This layer is lightweight (one of the lightest softshells on the market) Cordura at 14.1oz, cuts the elements when your active, and is breathable. I take this layer on every expedition, multi-pitch climb, ski tour, trek, alpine ascent, or ski descent. It is a key layer in my system.

I really like the cut and how if fits under my harness, has a breast pocket, and two side pockets.

I like how my body can thermo regulate while using this peice.

The durability of the product is fantastic. The frequency I use the Ferrosi is best tells how much I like this in my quiver; after 3 years I have used it over 300 times.

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Mark Allen

Mark Allen wrote a review of on April 12, 2012

5 5

This layer I find extremely useful rock climbing in the desert or alpine, ski touring, or trekking; this layer I always find in my kit. At 6.4 oz It's too light and compact to not at least have with you. It is the go to layer when I'm not sure if I want to bring a waterproof layer (but can't afford not to), don't have the room for a standard GORE storm shell, or don't want the weight.

This Pertex light weight shell is a perfect solution for keeping it light when you want to stay dry.

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