Let me be your guide; walking, via ferrata or on snowshoes in the French Alps. Over 30 years experience and professionally qualified - you're in safe hands!
Mont Blanc seen from the Lac de Chéserys on the Tour du Mont Blanc in the French Alps. This is one of the classic views on the Tour du Mont Blanc.
Discover the Vanoise National Park
On the ancient "Route du Sel" below the Col de la Vanoise. This route forms part of the Tour of the Vanoise.
Spot the marmottes ...
Marmottes are common in the French Alps and you will soon hear their shrill, warning whistles, warning of danger.
Enjoy the thrill of a challenge! Via ferrata are specially equipped rock faces. Let me guide you on one of the many via ferrata in the French Alps.
Bouquetin in the French Alps
Let me help you discover the wildlife, such as this female ibex (bouquetin). Living here I know where you are most likely to find them!
The GR20 on Corsica
Great weather on Corsica's GR20; probably the most demanding of France's "Grand Randonnee" routes.
Snowshoeing in the Vanoise National Park
Enjoy the freedom of mountains, the clear, crisp mountain air on snowshoes. No previous experience necessary!
Winter in the Beaufortain - French Alps
Wide open spaces, blue skies, sparkling snow in the Beaufortain overlooking the Lac de Roselend. Come and visit it on snowshoes with me ...
A Few Testimonials ...
I very much enjoyed my walks with you and Patricia, and the Grillons Hotel was excellent, and you even managed to organise the weather. I was told that they had had some sharp showers on the Monday, but we managed to keep dry!
We would like also to take the opportunity and recommend Mark Tennent as the guide for Via Ferrata. What distinguishes Mark is his warmth and "good aura"; he is very supportive and gives you a feeling of confidence what was especially important for the beginners like us (and me also with some height fear). We managed only simple routes (by the way, my father is 72 - so go ahead, guys!) but we hope to return and make more complicated the next time. Mark is ex-captain of the British army; well, if all British officers had been like Mark - the British Empire might still have existed :))
We had a really enjoyable day ... we talked about it a lot after and we all genuinely had a great time. She was raving to her friends about it ... all the best. Feel free to point people in my direction if you need a professional recommendation.
all the best
"Thank you for a marvellous couple of days scrambling and navigating in the hills ... you have truly whetted my appetite, and I learned a tremdous amount during the two days ... I will be in touch next time I'm looking for something exciting up north...". PB
"Just a short note to say a big thank you for your instruction on Saturday. We both enjoyed the day enormously and feel that it has given us a bit of extra confidence to venture further afield and appreciate more of the mountain ... we were also grateful for the company of a like-minded and proficient individual rather than the bearded eccentric." NP
"I would commend your professionalism and ability to communicate. Also your patience with us was exemplary, and we both enjoyed your company tremendously. It was a great pleasure to share the enjoyment of these spectacular mountains with you ... Our grateful thanks for a very memorable day with a total professional" M&SK
Just a quick not to say thanks for making our holiday one that will be hard to forget. We had such a great time and learned just exactly what we need to tackle a winter munro with all that the weather could throw at us. We spent the return journey to the relative flat lands of the Peak District planning our next adventure and looking forward to our future fun on Scottish winter hills. AF 22 Feb 2000
I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the winter mountaineering course I have just completed with you. I would like to give particular thank you to Jonathon who did an excellent job as guide and led us to some very interesting places! Overall I found it a very worthwhile week. PN 22 Feb 2000
I retained Mark to guide my 12-year-old son and I on the Tour du Mt Blanc in late May/early June 2010. We were pre-season, meaning that we met with some adverse weather, but Mark was consistently excellent in problem-solving, navigation and finding lateral solutions to difficult situations. He is a personable, highly experienced mountain guide with a superb knowledge of the Savoie region especially. I would certainly retain Mark again for any similar undertakings. June 28, 2010
“I hired Mark as an instructor in Courchevel. He was courteous and professional and so interesting from the moment we met before the lesson even began. He weaves his knowledge of nature and the environment into the lesson giving a dimension that I had never experienced before.
I highly recommend Mark as an instructor extraordinare!” March 25, 2010
Really felt part of the wondrous environment and feel much better for it. The lunches were also great, vipers and all! - GB - Snowshoeing, Courchevel, March 2010 -
GB Snowshoeing, Courchevel, March 2010
Mark thanks again for the great day...just got back to NYC and was talking about you on the plane home. R* had a great time with Roy...hope to see you again next year. - SF - Snowshoeing, Courchevel, March 2010 -
SF - Snowshoeing March 2010
"What a fabulous way to spend the day, at one with nature, in beautiful surroundings, and getting a brilliant work out as well. Highly recommend, even for adrenaline junkies!" -
Adrenaline - Snowshoeing, Courchevel
We just came back from ski vacation in Val Thorens.
We had a free day on Friday ( you can get your apartment only on Saturday). We found in the internet Mark Tennent from Simply Savoie,
and he took us for snow shoeing walk. Everything was perfect, he met us on time, gave us the equipment, and took us to very beautiful place,' with fantastic views over the mountains.
Feb 09, 2011 -
Yaffa, Jerusalem - Snowshoeing
Just to thank you for an excellent holiday and for your patience. We really enjoyed the chance to see so many different aspects of the area and to get to some of the cols and refuges: Chris is sorting through hundreds of photographs which will help us to remember it all. We also much appreciated the comfort and helpfulness of the hotel. Many thanks for all that you did for us. -
Chris & Carol F - Vanoise
... many thanks for your knowledge, time and effort last week it was much appreciated. Despite the weather the trip was a great success and will have many lasting memories long after other holidays have been forgotten.