Sean Morrissey

Sean Morrissey was born and raised in London but also spent time in Ireland with relatives while growing up (he holds both Irish and British passports). He moved to Australia at age 20, worked there for two years, then heeded the call of the mountains and became a professional guide, working in the Alps in the summer and in the Himalayas in fall and spring. "I love camping, which is good because in my early guiding years, I spent more than 300 nights a year in a tent! The life of a guide really agrees with me. What's better than meeting new clients and people from all over the world, building on those relationships, and spending time outdoors in the world's best mountain regions?" Sean cooks a mean curry, is passionate about the environment, enjoys sharing ideas about how the world works, and above all else, is a consummate professional who understands what it takes to run a great trip. He lives in Bend, Oregon, and has led exclusively for Wilderness Travel since 1991.

Upcoming Trips:

Hiking in the Cortina Dolomites, June 26-July 3, 2015
Ultimate Dolomites, July 6-17, 2015
Switzerland: The Via Alpina, July 19-29, 2015
Hiking the Haute Route, August 17-28, 2015
Ultimate Dolomites, August 30-September 10, 2015
Hiking the Tyrolean Alps, September 12-19, 2015

Recent Photo Blog Posts

Wonder of the West

Client Testimonials:


Sean is highly qualified for what he does. He is so much more than a professional guide. He is intelligent, humorous, caring, and considerate and has great people skills. We appreciated his knowledge of the area. Jean S, Lakeside MI Exhibited a superb combination of encouragement and understanding for each of the clients. Always cheerful and professional. C. Thomas, Alexandria VA Sean was excellent and supportive as needed, considerate of individual needs And a great sense of humor and irony. Allan C, Chapel Hill NC This was my third trip with Sean Morrissey and he is always truly outstanding in every way. Sharon E., Lake Mary FL
Hiker’s Matterhorn
Sean really made a big difference in this trip for me. He is, very knowledgeable, likeable, highly competent, and an all-around good guy. Michael V., Hillsborough CA
Annapurna Sanctuary
Sean did an excellent job in every respect, keeping a good trek pace at altitude, teaching us local customs, having a good rapport with the Sherpas, and presenting a positive attitude every day. Joanne Galka, Boston MA
Ultimate Everest
Sean Morrissey is an outstanding guide. He was always seeking opportunities to enhance the trip. Sandy Ciske, Seattle WA
Hiker's Bhutan
Sean was absolutely great! Would go on one of his trips again in a heartbeat. In fact we are considering Nepal because of Sean. Tom and Connie T., Aurora, OR
Hiking in the Western Dolomites
I’ve had some wonderful guides on other WT trips, but Sean set a new standard. His knowledge of the area, his enthusiasm, and his sense of humor made it the perfect trip. Larry S., Boise ID
Hiking the Haute Route
Sean was a superb Trip Leader—well organized, willing to adapt to clients’ requests and/or needs, great sense of humor. Barbara T., Windsor, Ontario Sean’s experience shows! An outstanding hike leader. Don T., Windsor, Ontario I had heard before taking the trip that Sean was a wonderful leader but I didn’t realize how terrific! He definitely excelled in every area, accommodating 15 people of varying ages and abilities to ensure that everyone got the trip they were looking for. No small feat! Susan D., Indianapolis IN
Ultimate Dolomites
Sean was extremely capable and very flexible in dealing with various participants abilities and needs. He was entirely professional but also great fun to hike with a great source of information. Marilyn H., Barnstable MA
Ultimate Dolomites
I really appreciated Sean’s focus on improving skills (when necessary) and increasing confidence. Sandi F., Studio City, CA
Hiking the Haute Route
Sean brought an exceptional interest and awareness in local culture and issues, and a commitment to raising our awareness of same. His positive and supportive leadership was evident at all times. His personal relationships with many people we met along the way made for an unexpected and welcome 'plus' for us all. Craig L., Woodland HIlls, CA
Trek to Everest Base Camp