IFMGA/AMGA Certified Mountain Guide
Mark Puleio is a native New Englander whose lifelong passion for skiing naturally led him to a life in the mountains and exploration. He received a degree in Wilderness Leadership from Prescott College in Arizona in 1994, which provided a solid and diverse foundation to begin his career as a professional mountain guide. After working for a decade as a climbing instructor and guide, he attained his full IFMGA/UIAGM guide certification. Since moving to Vermont in 1996, he has helped create curriculum and instruct skill-focused leadership development programs for a number of local colleges and universities, focusing on technical climbing, skiing and avalanche awareness. These experiences complement and inform his guiding style by providing a broader understanding of experiential education and development for aspiring wilderness leaders. After 15 years, he recognizes his work more as a lifestyle than a job. The other gift that life as a guide and educator provides for him is time to pursue his grandest passion in life...family. When not guiding in the mountains, he is enjoying raising his children in a small village in the pastoral hills of Vermont.