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

Crestone Peak via numerous routes
Crestone Needle via the NW Couloir
Mt Sneffels via the North Buttress
Gannett Peak via SE Couloir route
Mt Hood ski descent
Mt Shasta ski descent
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
Leave No Trace Trainer

These guys consistently used every opportunity to teach us how to be better climbers. I was impressed how they would tutor us, but not treat us like children. They expected us to be experienced climbers and demanded that we rise to the occasion.

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