Rob Noonan

Rob Noonan came by his love of nature and the mountains early, adventuring throughout most of the Americas from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego and later earning a degree in Environmental Studies from Prescott College in Arizona. He has guided our Patagonia hiking journeys since 1994, but his love of the mountains has also led him farther afield to the spectacular realm of the European Alps, where he has guided for us since 2007. Rob brings a lot to a journey, with his boundless energy and depth of knowledge. He knows Chile and Argentina intimately, from politics and economics to flora and fauna (he's a self-confessed "bird nerd"), and has a keen interest in the natural history and geology of the Alps. His personal connections also open many doors along the way, which adds to the fun of any trip Rob leads. "I love the cultural aspects of having friends all over the world, and it is a true joy in my life to lead adventures in this land I love and respect so passionately." A true global citizen, Rob spends his winters in Patagonia, guides our Europe trips in the summer, and in between, lives in Flagstaff, Arizona, where he guides hiking and river trips.

Upcoming Trips:

Pilgrim's Way, September 5-12, 2014
In Patagonia, January 6-21, 2015
In Patagonia, January 23-February 7, 2015
In Patagonia, February 12-27, 2015
Expedition to Greenland, June 2015

Recent Photo Blog Posts

In Patagonia
He Walks the Line

Client Testimonials:


Rob was the best Trip Leader I’ve ever had. L. D., Woodinville WA Rob was simply superb—the very best. His enthusiasm was infectious, his kindness immense, and his understanding of group dynamics is amazing. J. V., New York, NY Cannot say enough about the great job Rob did. He was outstanding, lots of enthusiasm, encouraging to all. He’s the best Trip Leader I’ve been with. C. Finch, Huntington Beach CA Rob really made this trip a great experience. His knowledge of the area combined with his climbing background provided us with a unique perspective on the area. He has a great enthusiasm for Patagonia and it shows. Bradley G., Seattle WA
Peaks of Patagonia
Rob’s a perfect guide! He took care of all the details and was a very enjoyable person. Lots of fun! Bill and Cora L., Gunnison CO
Peaks of Patagonia
Rob Noonan was a fantastic guide. He has so much enthusiasm and passion for the area, it really served as extra motivation and greatly enhanced the trip. Lark D., Arlington, VA I’ve taken a number of group trips. I think Rob Noonan is the best leader I’ve had. I would gladly and eagerly travel with him again. James S., Poughkeepsie, NY It was a phenomenal trip to one of the last wild regions. Rob Noonan’s enthusiasm was infectious. He was a positive and engaging trip leader. Very well informed and articulate. Don M., Steamboat Springs, CO Rob Noonan was truly one of the best trip leaders we’ve ever had. A true global and environmental citizen. Nancy and Tom F., Sarasota, FL Rob Noonan was great. His knowledge of the area was outstanding and he kept us all happy, interested, and engaged. One of the best guides we’ve ever met. Ed and Lois B., Washington, DC Rob Noonan did a fantastic job and raised the whole trip to another dimension. His boundless energy and enthusiasm and knowledge made everything so much easier. Hans G., In Patagonia Rob was just awesome. Mike and Sue H., Ketchum ID
In Patagonia
Probably the best leader of our 6 WT trips! Take care of him! He's good! Ed K., Palo Alto, CA
In Patagonia
Our trip leader, Rob, was amazing and made our experience wonderful. His knowledge of the area, food, and people was unbelievable. You have certainly picked the right person to lead this trip. Esther C., Stamford, CT
In Patagonia
Rob was a true delight: very professional, knowledgeable, fun, and enthusiastic. Alexia K., New York, NY
In Patagonia
Rob was great—knowledgeable, experienced, congenial, and helpful. Marlis B., San Francisco, CA
Hiking the Haute Route
Rob had an infectious enthusiam and was one of the best guides I have had on a Wilderness Travel trip. John C., Stamford, CT
In Patagonia
Rob was amazing. His knowledge of the area, food, and people was unbelievable. You have certainly picked the right person to lead this trip. Esther C., Stamford, CT
In Patagonia
Rob's enthusiasm for what he does is remarkable. He went beyond the call of duty every step of the way to ensure each person on the trip had their needs met...no matter how demanding. I am now very spoiled and I want to take another trip with him. Kathleen S., Cincinnati, OH
In Patagonia
Rob's enthusiasm, knowledge, and people skills are exceptional. He addedan enormous value to the trip. Sandy M., Amherst, MA
In Patagonia
The trip would not have been what it was without Rob. His enthusiasm for the planet is infectious. Ward B., Laguna NIguel, CA
In Patagonia
Rob did a great job, and it is easy to see why he is one of your most popular guides. His enthusiasm is contageous, his experience and knowledge of the region are outstanding, and he is just plain fun to travel with. He went 'above and beyond' for us in so many ways that enriched our experience. One of the reasons I choose to travel with Wilderness Travel is the quality of your guides, and Rob is one of the best! Nancy D., Missoula, MT
In Patagonia
Rob was simply superb! He had a finess with each of the participants, making us feel special and well-taken care of. He is clearly passionate and extremely knowledgeable about Patagonia and it shows! We will definitely be looking forward to finding another expedition with him. Ines M., Corona, CA
In Patagonia
Rob was a fabulous trip leader. His attention to detail, positive energy, knowledge, and kindness were nothing less than perfect. Kim C., Annandale, VA
In Patagonia
Rob has an infectious personality, a great depth of knowledge, and more enthusiasm than I have ever seen. Elizabeth W., Chagrin Falls, OH
Hiking the Haute Route
Rob's easy-going style, humor, and attentiveness were stellar. Carol L., Kalispell, MT
Granada to Sevilla
Wow, does Rob know Patagonia! We cannot imagine a more knowledgeable or personable guide. He is a gem. Jan D., Meyersdale, PA
In Patagonia
Rob is incredible—so knowledgeable, so intelligent, so thoughtful, so fun. He truly has a gift for sharing his love and appreciation for Patagonia and inpires participants to take pleasure in it as he does. Kathie D., Belle Isle, FL
In Patagonia