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Our Tribe

When booking any guided holiday, your  guide becomes your window into the world you will be exploring. Our hiking guides reflect everything we value about meaningful travel. Brochures and websites are one thing, but a knowledgeable hiking guide who re-certifies frequently, updates his/her skills and has a deep understanding of the regions and cultures where they guide,  holds the key to creating a safe and amazing journey.

All of our guides are members of either IFMGA, the International Federation of Mountain Guide Associations, or   UIMLA, the Union of International Mountain Leader Associations. As such, they have undergone some of the most rigorous training possible. They have also met all of the requirements to lead climbing, hiking, or ski trips around the world. Please visit these sites for details about certification and a list of certified guides in any countries you wish to visit.

At Alpine Interface, we’re proud to be a small team of highly skilled and knowledgeable IMLs  and Mountain Guides. Whether hiking trails in the Alps or in Patagonia, we bring many years of combined experience. Come join us for some of the most enjoyable trips around the globe.

Louis Marino

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Our lead IML is Louis Marino, founder and director of Alpine Interface Inc. After a misspent youth at universities in California and France, Louis decided to embark on a journey of discovery, in the mountain ranges of the world and to different  diving destinations of the Pacific Ocean. After completing certification in France, Louis also gained certification in Britain and is a member of both the French and the British Associations of Mountain Leaders. Louis’ passion for the mountains has led him to attempt some of the world’s highest mountains and he is always on the lookout for new and interesting trips in the mountainous regions of the world. Certified at 16 years old as a SCUBA diver with NAUI, Louis is also a professional Dive Master, and is working on becoming a sea-kayaking guide. He makes his home in both Canmore, Alberta, Canada and Chamonix, France where mountains abound and the trails are endless. Louis speaks English and French fluently and thinks he speaks Italian. Ciao!

Blaise Verien

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A 30-year resident of Chamonix, Blaise is a certified ski instructor, hiking guide, and mountain bike guide. He has raced mountain bikes on the World Cup Circuit, and has travelled extensively around the world on two wheels.He has an intimate knowledge of the Alps, particularly his treasured Mont Blanc Range, where he spends most of his free time exploring the many trails and passes surrounding his home.
Blaise is in charge of creating both hiking and mountain biking itineraries for us in the Alps. Blaise speaks French, English and Italian fluently.

Karin Pizzinini

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Karin Pizzinini has been working as a hiking guide for 10 years. She has been a science and chemistry teacher at the high school in Alta Badia for 15 years. After all this time, she felt the need to work independently and to pursue her big passions: travel and photography. Now she works as an art director, making documentaries about Ladin arts and culture, as a hiking guide in her beloved Dolomites, where she grew up and lives, and is very active as a photographer.Living at the border between Italy and Austria and belonging to the Ladin cultural and linguistic minority, Karin has been speaking 3 languages from childhood on. In 1987 she spent half a year in Canada, improving her English; she has done summer courses in France to learn French, and has spent a year in Spain in 2001, perfecting her Spanish.
Karin says her mission is to transmit knowledge, be it as a teacher, a guide, a photographer or a writer.

Lindsay Cannon

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Lindsay is a British certified trekking guide (BAIML). Lindsay has spent over fifteen years exploring the Alps and has great enthusiasm for and knowledge of the mountain environment. Lindsay has finally made the full-time move to Chamonix from her native Scotland where she worked as a BBC journalist and producer for a variety of shows.
Her film work, which has seen her experience everything from ice-climbing, to pot-holing, and kayaking, enjoys a worldwide audience.Lindsay speaks Scottish and French.

Martin Burrows-Smith


Martin has been involved in outdoor activities for as long as he can remember and has been instructing and guiding since the late 60’s. He moved permanently to the Alps 20 years ago and now is based in Switzerland, the perfect place for doing what he has always wanted to do – as much rock climbing, trekking and ski touring as his body allows. Guiding folk on the hill has always been a passion so unable to do anything else with his life this is what he does!

Mark Jensen

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Originally from Denmark, Mark is now based full time in Chamonix, France. After a long marketing career in London, Mark now guides full-time.
Over the years, he has been fortunate enough to trek, climb, ski and mountain bike in mountain ranges from the wild Yukon in the West to the mighty Himalayas in the East, and quite a lot in between.
He is a certified International Mountain Leader (UIMLA) and an Alpine ski and telemark instructor (ISIA). Mark speaks Danish, English, German and French. Mark lives in Les Houches, France with his wife and young son.

Max Schoeffel


Maximiliano Schoffel grew up exploring the mountains of the Bariloche area and decided early to dedicate his professional life to sharing the joys of Canada and Patagonia with others. Max is a certified Mountain Guide by the Argentinean Association of Mountain Guides (AAGM), is a certified hiking and backpacking guide with the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG) and has completed his training as a Tourism Guide specializing in Patagonia from a prestigious Bariloche university. He is a certified Swiftwater Rescue Technician and Wilderness First Responder. He loves climbing, paddling, skiing, hiking and just about any adventure in the outdoors. Max speaks English, German and Spanish fluently and is also a keen naturalist with a passion for both the human history and the unique culture of his homeland. And his sense of adventure is infectious!

Pierre Hungr


Pierre is a Mountain Guide certified by the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG) and the International Federation of Mountain Guides Association (IFMGA/UIAGM). Pierre’s summers are busy with alpine climbing and rock climbing trips in the Coast Ranges of BC, as well as guiding in the Canadian Rockies and the European Alps. Pierre is a Professional Member of the Canadian Avalanche Association (CAA), is a Canadian Association of Nordic Ski Instructors (CANSI) Telemark Level 1 instructor, has a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of British Columbia and is fluent in French and Czech. He is currently based out of Vancouver, BC, where he lives with his wife aboard their 35’ sailboat.

Tamara Dykshoorn


Tamara is of Ukrainian origin, and grew up on a farm in the beautiful Canadian province of Saskatchewan. In 1994 she came to Alberta and now lives in Kananaskis Country, Alberta.
She is a member of the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides, and is a hiking as well as an apprentice ski guide.
In winter months Tamara guides for local companies, backcountry lodges, and heli-ski companies, and instructs for educational institutions. In the summer she is guiding multi-day backpacking adventures, cushy lodge trips, and day-hikes.
Her seasonal work contrasts the arid Alberta front ranges of the Rockies with the lush coastal British Columbia mountains.
Tamara loves sharing her favourite vistas and likes to create new mountain memories for you

Thomas Exner

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Thomas grew up in Mittenwald in the Bavarian Alps of Germany. With the Austrian border being only a stone’s-throw away, he ended up going to the University in Innsbruck, where he graduated with a Master Degree in Meteorology as well as his UIAGM / IFMGA mountain guiding certification.
Thomas moved to Canada in 2005, where he spent his first years doing avalanche control work for the ski resort in Jasper AB and guiding for Yamnuska Inc.
His interest in avalanches lead him to pursue a Ph.D. in Applied Avalanche Science at the University of Calgary. Thomas recently moved from Canmore AB to Golden BC, where he still holds out to be the only vegetarian Bavarian in Western Canada.Whenever he is not digging snow pits at Rogers Pass, BC he is guiding for Alpine Interface during the summer in his old hunting grounds, the Alps, and especially in the Dolomites. Thomas speaks German and English. He too thinks he can speak Italian.

Lachhu Bahadur Basnet

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Our main trekking guide in Nepal is Lachhu Bahadur Basnet. He is a government-certified trekking guide and expedition cook, and has worked on every 8000m peak except for Nanga Parbat.
He speaks excellent English, Hindi, Urdhu, Tibetan and Sherpa.
Lachhu is both Hindu and Buddhist due to the fact that his mother is Sherpani and his father Brahmin.
He is therefore capable of giving us an insight into both religions and their different beliefs.

Marcos Couch

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Marcos is our man in Patagonia: He is a fully certified IFMGA mountain guide, and has both Argentinean and US citizenships.
He speaks three languages fluently: English, Spanish, and French.
He has several first ascents of South American peaks, and has been rock climbing and ski touring throughout the States, South America and Europe for the past thirty years.
His has a real passion for transmitting his knowledge and love of Patagonia to his guests, and is our ‘fixer’ for our trips in the land of wind and fire!

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