Brien Sheedy

    Brien Sheedy

    Kilimanjaro, Mount Rainier, Mountaineering School

    Brien brings a wealth of climbing, teaching and international experience to Alpine Ascents International. Brien has climbed the highest peak on every continent and has guided all over the world. He is proficient in rock, ice, big walls and high altitude climbing. He loves leading expeditions to remote hard to reach locations and helping people push their limits and succeed at difficult challenges. Brien successfully guided our 2011 Cho-Oyu expedition and 2013 Everest Expedition and is a regular in our Mountaineering and International programs.

    In addition to guiding for Alpine Ascents, Brien has been the Director of Outdoor Programs at Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA since 2001 and is a Senior Adjunct Instructor of Sports Studies. He is also a Senior Instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School where he accumulated over 220 field weeks leading courses and expeditions in the US and over the world. Brien worked for 1.5 years in East Africa guiding and trip leading for NOLS in Kenya and Tanzania. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from SUNY ESF at Syracuse and a Master’s Degree in Geography from the University of Texas at Austin where he studied Nepali for two years and conducted his thesis research on ecotourism in Nepal.


    Significant Ascents

    Mt. Kenya North Ridge 5.10 (32 pitches)
    Ice Window Route, Mt. Kenya WI 3+(17 pitches)
    Mt. Kenya (10+)
    Everest (2)
    Vinson (2)
    South Pole – Ski The Last Degree Expedition
    North Pole-Ski The Last Degree Expedition
    Carstensz Pyramid
    Denali (8)
    Aconcagua (9)
    Desert Shield, A3+, Zion NP
    Space Shot, A2, Zion NP
    Moonlight Buttress, A2, Zion NP
    Prodigal Son, A2 , Zion NP
    Lurking Fear, Yosemite A2

    East Buttress, Middle Cathedral, Yosemite, 5.10c (11 pitches)
    Northeast Buttress Higher Cathedral, Yosemite, 5.10 (12 pitches)
    Crest Jewel 5.10b, North Dome, Yosemite
    Eichhorn Pinnacle 5.10
    Waddington Range, Peak 2968m (2nd ascent) 11 pitches, WI 4, guiding
    1 year guiding in Chile
    2 5 week Himachel Pradesh Expeditions in Northern India
    Ixtaciuatl, La Arista de Sol
    Popocatepetl, El Ventorillo Route
    Liberty Ridge, Rainier
    Mt. Rainier, WA (35+)
    Mt. Baker, WA (20+)
    Mt. Adams, WA (3)
    Glacier Peak, WA
    Mt. Hood, OR
    Mt. Logan, WA (Cascades)
    Mera Peak Expedition, Nepal
    Chugach traverse
    Patagonia Ice field traverse of the Campo del Hielo Sur, Chile
    Talkeetna Mountains Traverse (3)
    Other areas: Bariloche, Argentina; Kalymnos, Greece; Mt Kenya region, Indonesia; Patagonia, Squamish, BC; Cascades, Vantage, Spring Mt., Anthony Lakes, City of Rocks, Smith Rocks, Tuolumne, Cochise StrongHold, Adirondacks, White horse, Cathedral, Mt. Washington, Seneca Rocks, Poke-o-moonshine, Frankenstein, Mt. Washington, Boulder Canyon, Cody, Ouray, Cascades


    Wilderness First Responder
    Avalanche Level II
    Leave No Trace Master Educator
    AMGA CWI Course Instructor
    AMGA Single Pitch Instructor
    AMGA Alpine Guide Course
    AMGA Rock Instructor Course


    Awards & Recognition

    Denali Pro Pin

    Eric proved to be an extremely knowledgeable and informative guide, giving off a quiet and encouraging confidence that in turn made me feel very confident about my trekking and then summit attempt. I felt that no questions were off limits and Eric was able to answer all of them without any hesitation, due partly to experience and due to what we felt was a genuine interest in what we were asking.

    Mount Kilimanjaro BLOG

    • 2022 Kilimanjaro Webinar

      Are you planning on climbing to the roof of Africa this summer?  If so, check out the 2022 Kilimanjaro webinar that we hosted on May 25th.  Our Kilimanjaro Program Director, Eric Murphy, outlined our COVID-19 protocols, the Tanzanian VISA process, and gave a detailed overview of the trip and what to expect.  We wrapped up […]

    • Kilimanjaro COVID-19 Hunger Relief Update

      by Eric Murphy  Our ongoing and very successful ($37,000 +) Kilimanjaro Covid-19 Hunger Relief Fundraiser has just completed the 2nd food distributions for all 310 crew and staff. Members from our Tanzanian partner company Big Expeditions handled all aspects of whole purchase and transport of over 12,000 lbs of rice, corn and sugar. Arusha crew […]

    • Kilimanjaro: A Tribute to our Tanzanian Crew

      by Paul Koubek  As one of the western guides fortunate to work with the Alpine Ascents Kilimanjaro Program, when I was asked to write a blog post about any topic I wanted, the first thing that came to mind for me about my experience on Kilimanjaro was: the people! Every Alpine Ascents climb of Kilimanjaro […]

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