Sam is an accomplished backpacker and mountaineer, as well as a current Mechanical Engineering student at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA.
After his freshman year in school, Sam thru-hiked the John Muir trail (in 2017) in record, early-season snowpack with his father. Sam went on to guide a school-sponsored expedition to Alaska and New Zealand over the next year before his next big adventure: climbing Kilimanjaro (19,341′), the tallest peak in Africa.
The summer after sophomore year, Sam set out on his first solo adventure, a 40-day cross-country jaunt across Colorado through the San Juan, Weminuche, Sawatch, and Rocky Mountain National Park areas of Colorado. That same summer, Sam went on to guide another school-sponsored expedition to Alaska and then to Corsica, France, to hike the famous GR20 trail.
During his Junior year in school, Sam stayed busy adventuring, climbing Iztaccihuatl (17,159′) and Pico de Orizaba (18,491′) during long weekends off from classes. Sam’s next big adventure was down to South America for mountaineering in Ecuador with friends, as they climbed Cotopaxi (19,347′).
Sam kept at it during the summer after his Junior year, setting out on a series of adventures. First up, a section of the Hayduke Route through Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. Sam then headed back down to Ecuador to climb Chimborazo (20,564′), the tallest point from the center of the Earth.
Sam then headed out to the Pacific Northwest for a mountaineering extravaganza in the Cascades, climbing:
- Mt. Hood (11,250′)
- Mt. Adams (12, 280′)
- Mt. Rainier (14,411′)
- Mt. Shuksan (9,131′)
- Mt. Olympus (7,980′)
- Mt. Baker (10,781′)
- Dragontail Peak (8,842′)
- Forbidden Peak (8,815′)
- Ptarmigan Traverse
Sam, for the third time, headed out to Alaska to guide a school-sponsored expedition, and then headed out to California for the final adventure of his summer: the Sierra High Route. Sam only ended up completing half of the high route due to a family emergency, but he is determined to return.
When on campus, Sam is a trip and expedition leader, as well as the student president, for Outdoor Recreation Georgia Tech, one of the nation’s largest college outdoor recreation programs.
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Sam’s passions include backpacking, skiing, mountaineering, golfing, running. . . You will have a hard time finding him sitting still.
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