Sam Hennessey

    Sam Hennessey

    Guide: Washington, Alaska, International

    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

    Significant Ascents

    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

    Certifications

    IFMGA Certified Guide
    Wilderness First Responder /CPR
    Avalanche Level III
    Leave No Trace Trainer

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    Climbing Denali with this Alpine Ascents team and guides has been the highlight of my mountaineering experience. Best trip I’ve ever been on.

    Denali BLOG

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