Richey began what would be a long successful career in mountaineering in the
Quincy Quarries near Boston. He began rock climbing there at the age of 15 and
by 18 was climbing and exploring the Alps. After his adventures in Europe Mark
went on to perform several first ascents and climb some of the tallest
mountains in the world.
His first ascents include, East
Face of Cayesh and the South Face of Oecshapalka in Peru, unclimbed rock
spires in southern Greenland and Pakistan, Yamandaka in the Indian Karakorum,
and a fast second ascent of the Shivlings East ridge in the Garhwal Himalayas
Mark climbed Everest as part
of the first New England expedition to the summit in 1991. Other notable
climbs include the North-Faces of the Eiger, the Matterhorn and 3,102-meter
Cerro Torre in South America.
Living in Essex Mass. with
his wife Teresa and daughter Natalia, Mark has become an expert diver, bird
watcher and nature photographer and has taken up surfing. He owns and operates
Mark Richey Woodworking and Design, which builds and installs high-end
architectural millwork, and is President of the American Alpine Club.