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Sean Rielly

Kayak Guide

Raised in the American urban wilderness of Chicago, Illinois, Sean fell in love with the outdoors and the little tracts of trees that he could explore. At the University of Tennessee, he received a bachelor’s degree in forestry, along with a minor in wildlife and fisheries.

Upon graduation, Sean traveled to Alaska and has been working with the U.S. Forest Service for over 10 years. He has spent the majority of his time as a wilderness ranger based in Juneau, Alaska, monitoring and educating others on 4 separate wilderness areas totaling 1,793,783 acres. Most of his work is done in Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness area, a glacial fjord system, where he primarily travels by kayak.

During the northern hemisphere winter season, Sean ski-patrolled for 5 winters at a local ski area in Juneau. He now focuses his time on guiding in the Antarctic and is currently in his fifth season. Sean strives for the combination of the mountains, ice, snow and ocean and enjoys sharing these wild places with wonderful people.