Sam, as an infant, would kick and scream if he every came near a blade of grass. Nature was entirely too foreign as he was born and raised in New York City. As reason became prevalent in his development, so did his love for mud, water and mountains. As Sam turned 7, his father left for Nepal for months to create the documentary based on the 1996 Mt. Everest disaster. As a way to connect with Sam back home, he would send drawings of Sam on top of Everest via fax. Images became reality. The two most prevalent gifts upon return was a set of prayer flags which hung in his bedroom for over a decade as well as a trip to the Explorers Club to meet the legends. Soon after, adventures ensued in the mountains of New England. A longing for freedom and exploration was apparent. As soon as Sam graduated high school, he could not leave for the west coast fast enough. His passions for mountaineering, triathlons, trail running, skiing and rock climbing ignited with vigor and without haste. He is now a competitive ultra trail runner.
Sam received a B.A. in Journalism at The Evergreen State College and became Pre-Med at Northeastern University six years later. He is a Wilderness Paramedic and is certified in Adult/Child CPR, AED & Airway Management. Sam also worked with the incarcerated youth as a mental health coach and mentor for many years.