Brien Sheedy

    Brien Sheedy

    Guide: International, Washington, Alaska

    Brien brings a wealth of climbing, teaching and international experience to Alpine Ascents International.  He has climbed the highest peak on every continent and skied the last degree to both the North and South poles. 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.  He has led courses and expeditions all over the western US and Canada and worked roughly four years out of the country between Kenya, India, Chile, Argentina and Mexico.

    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 Instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School where he started in 1991 and worked for over a decade, accumulating over 215 field weeks.   During his time at NOLS, he spent a year and a half living and working in Kenya.  During his travels in Africa, he balanced time between climbing peaks and studying Swahili.

    Briend 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.  Climbers on his expeditions rave about the teachable moments he imparts about local culture, language, and ecosystems.


    Significant Ascents

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

    A phenomenal experience that I will always remember. An expedition that was effectively organized and garnered the resources that allowed an amateur trekker’s wish to climb Kili to be fleshed into reality.

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