Mark Black

Mark Black, a specialist in guiding our European Alps adventures, brings a diverse background to his work as a Trip Leader. He holds an MFA degree from the University of Arizona and is also an expert natural history interpreter of Arizona’s unique Sonora Desert ecosystem. After graduate school, Mark worked as a hiking guide at Canyon Ranch Resort in Arizona and that part-time job developed into a career as a professional guide. “At an early age, on travels in the Rockies with my family, I became fascinated with the mountain world and the adventure it inspires. The chance to experience the Alps on foot is a unique joy—a walk through history, diverse traditions, and immense natural beauty all at once.” When not guiding in the Alps, Mark co-directs an art gallery, leads hikes in the desert, and spends time with his two children.

Upcoming Trips: TBA

Past Trips:

Tour du Mont Blanc, July 2- 9, 2011
Hiking the Haute Route, July 11-23, 2011
Hiking the Haute Route, July 27-August 8, 2011
Heart of Switzerland, August 27-September 4, 2011
Tour du Mont Blanc, September 7-14, 2013

Client Testimonials:


Mark was a doll. He has a quiet strength that made being around him very easy. He was always there for encouragement and reassurance. I would be happy to take another WT hike with him. Jennifer K., Glenview IL Mark Black is a superb, perfect trip leader. Highly professional, competent, and caring. He put together a super trip! Joy R., Belle Harbor, NY Mark Black is a fantastic leader. He is always mindful of each trip participant and makes sure everyone has a great trip. I would consider any trip he leads. Michelle J., Irvine, CA
The consummate professional. Always attentive to others’ needs and the invisible “details” that can make or break the success of a trip. He was also a genuine pleasure to be with. Paul P., South Deerfield, MA
Great Alpine Traverse
I can’t say enough about good things about Mark! Professional, knowledgeable, encouraging, sensitive, enthusiastic, fun, and a very interesting person. He’s a star! Nancy F., New York NY
Great Alpine Traverse
This was my first WT trip and Mark was an incredible example of your standards. Jane S., Santa Fe, NM
Heart of Switzerland