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.
Rainier, 35+ Summits by 6 different Routes, ski descent
Denali, West Buttress – 7 summits, 8 expeditions
Mt Vinson – 7 summits
Denali, Light Traveler, VI M7 WI6, second ascent
AK Range, Mt. Hunter, Deprivation, VI AI6 M5
Nepal Himalaya, FA Chukyima Go, 6259m, V M4 85 degrees
Kishtwar Himalaya, FA Barnaj I, 6,370m, VI WI5+ M4
Patagonia, Cerro Standhart, Exocet, V WI5+ 5.10
El Capitan, The Nose in a Day, VI 5.10 C1
IFMGA Certified Guide
Wilderness First Responder /CPR
Avalanche Level III
Leave No Trace Trainer
The Alpine Ascents team was well prepared and executed well beyond expectations on the mountain. The experience and quality of the guiding staff and back-end support staff and processes sets Alpine Ascents well ahead of its peers. Highly recommended.