Sean Morrissey was born and raised in London, spent time in Ireland growing up, and now lives in Bend, Oregon, with his wife, Leila, who also guides for Wilderness Travel (he holds USA, UK, and Irish 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. Now after 30 years of guiding trips on six of the world’s continent, Antarctica remains and he’s hoping to get there some day! Sean’s sense of humor and gift for telling jokes and stories make him popular with both clients and locals alike, and his great sense for people allows him to gauge just what his clients want or expect from their experience. “My favorite part of this job is seeing the look on my clients’ faces when they’re having a wonderful time,” he says, and his enthusiasm for the cultures and beauty of the mountains is infectious to all who travel with him. Sean consistently gets rave reviews from his groups and has quite a following, often making friendships with clients that last many years after they have returned home.
Sean was a treasure trove of history , stories, jokes, and general good humor that was really appreciated on the trip.
Sean was an outstanding and knowledgeable leader. When he was present there was always an interesting, fun, and often hilarious story to be heard.
Sean has an outstanding leadership style and brings a lifetime of experience, expertise, and humor to the table. It's inspiring to hike with him.
Sean continues to be a terrific guide who is considerate and supportive while challenging to bring out the best in the group and individual. Never a dull moment in his company.
Sean is a great guide who encourages participants to engage in the experience. He is helpful and entertaining while maintaining a clear sense of the group. This is our second trip with Sean and we look forward to another. A very fun guy.
In addition to being an excellent leader, Sean was very attentive to individual hikers’ needs. He is also very funny and a good story teller.
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.
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.
Exhibited a superb combination of encouragement and understanding for each of the clients. Always cheerful and professional.
Sean was excellent and supportive as needed, considerate of individual needs And a great sense of humor and irony.
This was my third trip with Sean Morrissey and he is always truly outstanding in every way.
Sean really made a big difference in this trip for me. He is, very knowledgeable, likeable, highly competent, and an all-around good guy.
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.
Sean Morrissey is an outstanding guide. He was always seeking opportunities to enhance the trip.
Sean was absolutely great! Would go on one of his trips again in a heartbeat. In fact we are considering Nepal because of Sean.
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.
Sean was a superb Trip Leader—well organized, willing to adapt to clients’ requests and/or needs, great sense of humor.
Sean’s experience shows! An outstanding hike leader.
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!
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.
I really appreciated Sean’s focus on improving skills (when necessary) and increasing confidence.