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Killian Buckley

Killian Buckley grew up at the foot of the mountains in the McGillicuddy Reeks, Ireland’s highest range. He spent his youth climbing in these mountains, but it wasn’t until he returned from London, where he worked as a chef in one of the city’s top restaurants, that he felt the call to come back to them. He left the culinary scene and now spends his time between his beloved Ireland, where he is a mountain guide, and the Alps. He is an avid rock and ice climber, mountain runner, and skier, and when his muscles get too sore, he spends his time writing and following the great tradition of storytelling, for which the Irish are renowned. He loves people, and in particular, sharing the beauty and peace of nature with them. Killian says “for me, guiding never feels like work. It’s simply hiking with those who are soon to be friends.”

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Client Testimonials

Killian is one of the best guide leaders I have encountered over the years. He is a great asset to the company. He was knowledgeable, fully engaged, and consistently attentive to all of the hikers. He demonstrated great care for the safety of the hikers.
— Andrew K., Washington, DC
Hiking the Haute Route
Killian is both reverent and passionate about the priceless nature we experienced on this hike. He is warm and engaging and has boundless curiousity.
— Charles H., Larchmont, NY
Tour du Mont Blanc
Killian is a very skilled, capable professional with a lot of outdoor experience. He was patient with the variety of skill levels in the group and is obviously a well-read man of many interests, which he was always willing to share when engaged in conversation.
— Gabrielle C., Grand Rapids, MI
Tour du Mont Blanc
Killian was awesome! He is personal and charming, a wonderful conversationalist, and always interested in others and their lives.
— Kate R., Towson, MD
Classic Haute Route
Killian added a valuable element of warmth, enthusiasm, and energy to our trip. It would not have been the same without him!
— Judith D., Bethlehem, PA
Hiking the Haute Route
Killian is a great guide—friendly, caring, and knowledgeable. He has a natural intellectual curiosity that leads him to find out about his surroundings and the WT guests.
— Linda and Tom R., Manhattan Beach, CA
Hiking the Haute Route
Killian was so knowledgeable and approachable. He told stories and engaged everyone at different points of the trip. He captivated us with stories and put the fun factor into the hikes and meals. He is such a great guide!
— Carrie M., Davis, CA
Hiking the Haute Route
This is the second Wilderness Travel adventure I've been on with this very special young man. His knowledge, sense of humor, and interaction with all members of the group was another reason this trip was so grand.
— Michael G., Salem, OR
Spirit of Ireland
Killian’s obvious pleasure in sharing his love of the natural world seemed to be magnified by the fact that he was showing us his Ireland. His knowledge of the landscape and history of this beautiful slice of Ireland, coupled with his lifetime of experiences within that landscape and history and his ability to share all of that make him a superb traveling companion. His sense of humor and seemingly innate ability to relate to and care for all of those entrusted to his care regardless of age or infirmity, make him an excellent leader.
— Virginia V., Salem, OR
Spirit of Ireland
Killian has the soul of a poet-philosopher and the bubbling enthusiasm of a young man who has found a joyful spot in the world and wants to share the joy with you. As we hiked with Killian, he was able to transmit not just knowledge about the locale but also the wonder he was experiencing to each of us. His love of the natural world and of words is a powerful combination and he shared his reflections on what we were seeing in a thoughtful and caring way. And, all of the above is wrapped up with a ready smile, quick wit, and delightful laugh.
— Virginia V., Salem, OR
Glacier Express