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Liz MacNeil

About Liz MacNeil

Expedition Guide


Though she hails from the mountains of North Carolina, Liz comes from a long line of seafarers and grew up with a keen desire to be in the outdoors and on the water. After experiencing her first paddling trip at age 11, she knew that she wanted to be a guide. At Sierra Nevada College in Lake Tahoe, Liz excelled both in academics and as a whitewater guide and skier, which catapulted her into the world of outdoor education.

After graduating in 2002, Liz moved to Costa Rica, where she worked as an Outward Bound instructor for 2 years and immersed herself in the Spanish language, rural communities and “pura vida” lifestyle. Becoming an honorary tica and fluent in Spanish, Liz found that her experience not only ignited her passion for travel but also instilled in her the importance of introducing people to the natural wonders of our world and its people.

Since 2003, Liz has been professionally guiding, instructing and developing trips, expeditions and courses for various schools, organizations and commercial outfitters on 6 continents and in 38 countries and 46 U.S. states, including Alaska. As an avid sea kayaker and guide, she has left her wake in every ocean in the world, most recently in the Canadian Arctic and Greenland. A wilderness first responder with CPR training, Liz is also a PADI rescue diver, boasting over 300 dives.

Although “home” has become wherever she lays her head at night, Liz finds herself back in the beautiful mountains of the Sierra Nevada to visit family and friends in between her work and travels. When not leading trips, she can be found exploring new places and waterways, singing monster rock ballads at open mics, and breaking taco-eating records in obscure port towns.