OP Director

Outdoor Program Director, Brien Sheedy, exuberantly summiting a snow-covered peak.

BRIEN SHEEDY
Whitman College Director of Outdoor Programs
Senior NOLS Instructor
AAI Guide

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Brien brings a wealth of outdoor education and expedition experience to the Whitman College Outdoor Program.  Brien had been running the Whitman Outdoor program since 2001. He has climbed the highest peak on every continent and has guided all over the world. He is extremely proficient in a wide variety of skill areas including whitewater kayaking, rafting, sea kayaking, telemark skiing and all aspects of climbing (rock, ice, big walls and high altitude.) He loves teaching outdoor skills and leading trips and expeditions that  help people push their limits and succeed at difficult challenges.

In addition to running the Outdoor Program at Whitman Brien also does some guiding for Alpine Ascents International and is a Senior Instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School where he worked for over a decade, accumulating over 200 field weeks. He led courses and expeditions all over the western US and Canada and worked roughly four years out of the country between Kenya, India, Chile and Mexico.

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.

Brien is proud of the fact that last year the Outdoor Program was named the #1 outdoor program in the state of Washington by the Tacoma News Tribune and also ranked very high on a volunteer safety accreditation by Adventure Safety International.

Selected Certifications:
Wilderness First Responder
Avalanche Level II
Leave No Trace Master Trainer
AMGA Top rope Site Manager
AMGA Single Pitch Site Manager
ACA kayaking instructor
Utah and Idaho licensed whitewater guide
PADI Divemaster

Significant Climbing Ascents:
Everest (2x)
Vinson (2x)
Denali (4x)
Aconcagua
Elbrus
Kilimanjaro
Mt. Kenya (4x)
Himachel Pradesh , India (2x)
Ixtaciuatl
Popocatepetl
Rainier (10+)
Baker (2x)
Adams (2x)
Glacier Peak (4x)
Logan (Cascades) (2x)
Mera Peak
Cho Oyu

Courses Brien teaches at Whitman:
SSRA 387 Advanced climbing and site management
SSRA 380 Outdoor Leadership
SSRA 334 Sea Kayak Guide Leadership
SSRA 342 Wilderness Stewardship Expedition
SSRA 140a Beginning Whitewater Kayaking
SSRA 126 Glacier Mountaineering
SSRA 116 General Outdoor Adventure
SSRA 487c Independent Study Research

Additional Courses that Brien Oversees:
SSRA 138a,b,c,d,e Beginning Rock climbing
SSRA 238 a & b Intermediate Rock climbing
SSRA 140b Beginning Kayaking
SSRA 240 Wilderness First Aid
SSRA 242 a & b Wilderness First Responder
SSRA 332 River Guide Leadership
SSRA 115a Beginning Telemark skiing
SSRA 142 Wilderness Skills

Resume

Past Expeditions

Seven Summit History for Brien Sheedy

Mountain

Height

Route

Location

Summit Partners

Summit Date

Mount McKinley

20,320ft 6195m

West Buttress

Alaska, North America

Rob Duncan, Eric Remza

May 1994 &
May 22, 2006

Mount Kilimanjaro

19,339ft 5963m

Normal Route

Tanzania, Africa

Tanzanian porter and another American

October 5, 1996, 4:45am

Mount Aconcagua

22,840ft
6962m

Normal Route

Argentina, South America

Solo on summit but Moe Sheedy made it to 20,000ft

January 12, 1999

Mount Everest

29,029ft
8848m

South Side Route

Nepal/Tibet, Asia

Kevin Flynn, Jason Tanguay, Dan Barter, Rauno Houglin

May 15, 2004, 1pm

Elbrus

18,481ft
5633m

Traverse to normal route after Irik Valley approach

Russia, Europe

Dan Barter, Jim Gagne

July 1, 2005

Vinson Massif

16,067ft
4897m

Traverse Route. Acsended right ridge and descended the left

Ellingsworth Range, Antartica

Kevin Flynn, Jason Tanguay, Dan Barter, Jim Gagne, Phil Ershler, Dale Darling, Jordan Roderick

December 3, 2005, 5:45pm

Mount Kosciuszko*

7,310ft
2228m

Via Charolette's Pass

Australia

Maurice Sheedy

December 31, 2005, Noon

Carstenz Pyramid *

16,023ft
4884m

Normal Route

Indonesia,
Oceania 's Highest peak

Kevin Flynn
Dan Barter
Jim Gagne
Henrick Olsen

July 2, 2007
9am

* There is some debate amongst climbers as to whether Mount Kosciuszko vs Carstenz Pyramid should be considered the seventh summit. My feeling is that Kosciuszko should be the seventh even though it is easier because there is no way that you could successfully argue that Australia is not a continent. However, it was fun to climb Carstenz anyway since it was a good excuse for a fun adventure with friends.