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Sam Hennessey

Sam Hennessey

International, Washington

A native of Port Angeles, WA, Sam’s outdoor career began at a young age in the small yet rugged Olympic Mountains. These days, he lives seasonally in Bozeman MT, making the most of the incredible ice and mixed climbing in the greater Yellowstone region. His favorite routes tend to be big walls or alpine rock and ice climbs. He guides for Alpine Ascents in Alaska and the Cascades, and has been lucky enough to make two trips to Antarctica. A former college athlete, his non-climbing interests include distance running, reading, and traveling to new places.

Guide For:

Denali
Mount Vinson

Significant Ascents

  • Rainier, 26+ Summits by 6 different Routes, ski descent
  • Denali, West Buttress – 4x
  • Mt Vinson – 4 summits
  • AK Range, Reality Peak, FA Devil’s Advocate, V WI5 M4
  • AK Range, Pt 7400, FA Gangster’s Paradise, V AI4 M6 A2
  • AK Range, Mt Huntington, Harvard Route, VI 5.9 C1 and Colton Leach, VI M6
  • Nepal Himalaya, FA Chukyima Go, 6259m, V M4 85 degrees
  • Hyalite Canyon, Winter Dance WI6
  • Canadian Rockies, Nemesis WI6, Curtain Call, WI6
  • El Capitan, The Nose in a Day, VI 5.10 C1

Certifications

  • Avalanche Level III
  • Wilderness First Responder
  • AMGA Aspirant Rock Guide, Aspirant Alpine Guide, Ski Guide Course

Strong program, strong guides. Vern is very charismatic and generally fun to have on an expedition. Vern did things in particular that set himself apart. Lakpa is extremely talented, he very much enabled many things through his boundless energy, work ethic, calmness, and mountain wisdom. And he grills one hell of a ‘pan de pasqua’ […]

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