OverviewAmbitious Rock Climber
Sam was born in South Africa in 1989 and spent the first 11 years of his life in various countries on the African continent. It was there that he was introduced to the outdoors thanks to many trips to the bush and Africa’s mountain ranges.
With his family, Sam moved to the UK in 2001, and his climbing obsession really kicked off in 2004 thanks to a summer holiday to Sardinia. He then started accompanying his dad to a local climbing wall, initially top-roping routes, but over time he progressed to leading. Sam entered his first climbing competition in 2005, finishing fourth in his debut event, but it wasn’t long before he decided to head outside and focus on real rock. .
Since then, Sam has spent most of his time climbing outdoors, visiting as many new areas as possible, meeting lots of amazing people, climbing on loads of different rock types and experiencing the different styles that can be tried.
On the rock, Sam has steadily improved and worked his way through the sport climbing grades. He climbed his first 8a in 2008 and first 8b on New Year’s Day 2010 in Siurana (east of Barcelona). He has now climbed over 100 routes of grade 8 and above and has flashed up to 8a.