Victor McNeil

    Victor McNeil

    Senior Guide: Washington, Alaska, International

    As a native to the Pacific Northwest, Victor has been climbing in the Cascades for over 10 years. He enjoys all forms of climbing, backcountry skiing and spending time in the mountains. Victor calls NE Oregon home and lives in La Grande with his amazing wife Kelly and their two golden retrievers Luna and Sadie. When not guiding for Alpine Ascents, Victor is the Executive Director of the Wallowa Avalanche Center and spends countless hours digging in the snow each winter to keep backcountry travelers safe. Most recently, Victor and Kelly traveled to the Cordillera Blanca “White Range” of Peru for mountain climbing, trekking, and riding motorcycles and mountain bikes.


    Guide For:


    Significant Ascents

    Pisco Oeste, Peru
    Urus Este, Peru
    Ishinca, Peru
    Tocllaraju, Peru
    Denali (7 Guided Expeditions, 5 Summits)
    Aconcagua (4 Guided Expeditions, 3 Summits)
    Mt. Rainier (30+ Summits by four routes)
    Mt. Baker (15+ Summits by three routes)
    Mt. Shasta (35+ Summits by 7 routes)
    Mt. Hood
    Mt. Shuksan (3 routes, 6 Summits)
    Grand Teton (Complete Exum)
    Eldorado Peak (2 Summits)
    Picket Range Traverse, WA (Whatcom Peak, Challenger, Mt. Fury, Outrigger, Mt. Terror)
    Torment-Forbidden Traverse
    Forbidden Peak (East Ridge)
    Mt. Buckner (North Face Couloir)
    Mt. Stuart (Complete N. Ridge, West Ridge)
    Dragontail Peak (Serpentine Arête)
    Alaska Range 14-Day Ski Expedition 2012 (Little Switzerland)
    Wrangell St Elias 12-Day Ski Expedition 2013
    Bomber Ski Traverse 2013 (Talkeetna Range)
    Winter Solo Ski Traverse of Oregon’s Wallowa Mountains
    Eklutna Ski Traverse 2014 (Chugach Range)
    Little Switzerland Climbing Expedition 2015


    Wilderness First Responder/CPR
    Avalanche Level III
    IFMGA Guide
    AMGA Ski Guide
    AMGA Rock Guide
    AMGA Alpine Guide
    Leave No Trace Trainer

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