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Originally from Nantucket, Massachusetts, Sam has worked as a mountain guide for more than a decade and is an excellent instructor with tons of energy. He has guided around the world, from waterfall ice climbs in New England to expedition peaks in the Nepal Himalaya, the Alaska Range, the Andes of Peru and Argentina, and elsewhere. Sam spends most of his year guiding. In the United States, he has guided alpine, ice and rock routes in the Pacific Northwest; Valdez, Alaska; Ouray, Colorado; Acadia, Maine; the White Mountains of New Hampshire and the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. Sam lives in Huaraz, Peru, with his fiancée, Denise, and their rescue dog, Patan.


  • Aconcagua (4 Expeditions)
  • Denali (1 Expedition)
  • Ama Dablam (2 Expeditions)
  • Himlung (1 Expedition)
  • Island Peak (2 Expeditions, 1 winter ascent)
  • Lobuche Peak (1 winter ascent)
  • Traverse Northern Patagonia Ice Cap
  • Cotopaxi (1 Expedition)
  • Peaks of Peru (Vallunaraju, Pisco, Mateo, Huarapascpa)
  • Mount Rainier
  • Mount Baker
  • Mount Shuksan
  • Mount Hood
  • Mount Washington
  • Mount Whitney
  • Various peaks in the Alaska Range


  • AIARE Level II
  • Leave No Trace Trainer
  • Wilderness First Responder / CPR