Ian will be working the Red Rock Rendezvous, representing The Alpine Institute
Ian McEleney, 33, is a professional mountain guide with 11 years of climbing and road-tripping experience that has taken him across 16 states and Canada. He climbs rock and ice, from sport areas to alpine rock and big walls. Though he is passionate about most any type of climbing, he finds alpine and big wall routes most engaging, as they offer physical, mental, logistical, and strategic challenges. Ian has been a full time guide for the American Alpine Institute for the last 5 years and guides in the Cascades, Sierra Nevada, Joshua Tree, and Red Rocks. He is currently the lead guide in the Eastern Sierra. Mountain Gear sat down with Ian recently to ask him a few questions about his involvement with the Red Rock Rendezvous.
MG: What do you like about Red Rocks?
IM: Red Rocks is one of the best rock climbing areas in the country. The amount of variety it offers is unmatched. You can enjoy something from every part of the rock climbing buffet, from a great boulder problem to a 2000 foot trad route with alpine feel. There are climbs here for all levels of difficulty too, so novices and seasoned hardmen (and hardwomen) can find something to throw themselves at.
MG: What do you like about the Rendezvous?
IM: The Rendezvous is my favorite climbing event of the year. It brings together all kinds of really cool people who are incredibly stoked to be there. It shows through during impromptu dance parties, having a great time on the rock no matter what the weather, and all the big smiles and friendships that form.
MG: Thanks Ian!
Meet Ian and all our other excellent athletes at this year’s Rendezvous. Make sure to sign up early to get the clinics of your choice!
Story by Jackie Hueftle