Brien is the Director of
Outdoor Programs at Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA. Previously, he
worked for the National Outdoor Leadership School for more than a decade and
has roughly 185 field weeks instructing for NOLS. He led NOLS courses in
Patagonia, Kenya, Mexico, India, Canada, Alaska, Washington, Wyoming, Utah and
Brien started guiding in 1990
and has taught training courses for the Kenya Wildlife Service climbing rescue
team, Tanzanian park rangers, Ugandan park rangers, the USFS, NPS, FWS and BLM.
He has also guided clients up dozens of peaks in the Waddington Range
including some first ascents and an eleven pitch WI 4 route with a client.
While in Kenya he guided several clients up multiple routes on Mt. Kenya and
surrounding peaks and guided another client up the Ice window route.
Brien has climbed Denali,
Kilimanjaro and Aconcagua is slowly working on climbing the seven summits.
Other adventures have included crossing the campo de hielo sur in Patagonia
and climbing several unnamed peaks in the Yukon Territory, the Chugatch
Range, and the Alaska Range. He has led three Himalayan expeditions, climbed
two Mexican volcanoes and done multiple ascents by multiple routes of most of
the cascade volcanoes and several dozen other peaks in the cascades.
Brien was born in Syracuse,
New York and currently resides in Walla Walla, WA. He received a Bachelorís
degree in Environmental Studies from SUNY ESF at Syracuse, followed by a
Masterís Degree in Geography from the University of Texas at Austin.
Brien is a member of
Mountain Guides team for 2004...
veteran expedition leader, Everest Summiter, author and motivational