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

ifmga

I enjoyed everything about the expedition except for the weather conditions. They demonstrated tremendous leadership and decision making skills. I thought they were outstanding in every way and was very confident in placing my life in their hands.

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