Ian McConnell

    Ian McConnell

    Guide: Washington, Alaska

    Hailing from the east coast, Ian spent his childhood sliding down the icy slopes of the Poconos and going on “nature walks” with his dad. It wasn’t until his early teens, when his family began taking an annual Colorado ski trip, that he realized his natural draw to the mountains. After high school, Ian moved west and began exploring the various ranges of North America on skis and in a harness. He also found time to earn his degree (after dropping out of school more times than he can count) in outdoor leadership and business administration on the western slope of Colorado. When he’s not playing in the mountains, you can often find Ian creating obscure culinary delicacies in the kitchen or pretending he’s not thinking about being in the mountains.

    Guide For:

    Denali

    Significant Ascents

    Mount Rainier via DC, Emmons, Kautz
    Mount Baker via Easton Glacier, Coleman-Deming
    Mt Hood – ski descent
    Mt Shasta – ski descent
    Crestone Peak via numerous routes
    Crestone Needle via the NW Couloir
    Mt Sneffels via the North Buttress
    Gannett Peak via SE Couloir route
    Mt Massive ski descent
    Quandary Peak ski descent
    Numerous rock and ice climbs throughout California, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and beyond
    Traverse of the Homathko Icefield in the Coast Mountains of BC

    Certifications

    WFR / CPR
    Avalanche Level 2
    AMGA Alpine Skills Course
    AMGA Ski Guide Course
    Leave No Trace Trainer

    Immensely enjoyed the expedition. It was the most amazing and challenging outdoor experience of my life, so far. The guides were nothing short of excellent.

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