Name: Sam Elias
Date of Birth: Aug 25, 1982
Where were you born: Detroit, Michigan, USA
Current Location: Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Hobbies: Running, Dirt biking, iphone photo shooting, writing, reading
Discipline: rock, ice, mixed
I was born on August 25, 1982 in southeastern Michigan, USA and it is where my family still resides. I currently live in the state of Colorado. Climbing is a driving passion for my life. I have been fortunate to feel an innate connection to its practice from the beginning, and I have structured my life so that I can be dedicated to it.
Before climbing, my life was consumed with alpine skiing and ski racing. I have skied since I was 2 ½ years old. I began racing at the age of 12, and when I was 16, I moved from Michigan to Salt Lake City, UT to attend Rowmark Ski Racing Academy. After that, I was recruited to ski race for the College of Idaho. I still ski frequently, both on and off piste. It is such a pleasure to be outside and in the mountains, and I experience a great sense of freedom and peace there.
I was introduced to climbing through sport climbing, and it is my main pursuit. However, I enjoy many styles; traditional climbing, bouldering, deep water soloing, and most recently ice and winter mixed (M) climbing/dry tooling. The quest to understand myself through climbing has deeply enriched my life, and for this I am eternally grateful. As a result, I feel a responsibility to continue to explore within the pursuit for as long as I am motivated and capable.
Favorite SCARPA product: Instinct
What other SCARPA product do you use: Boostic, Booster S, Styx, Mago, Phantom Guide, Phantom Ice
Your biggest influence growing up: My dad
Biggest idol in your sport growing up: I didn't grow up doing this sport
What age did you start: I was 12 the first time that I ever climbed. I can't really say that it became a part of my life until after I graduated college though, I was 23.
How would you describe your style: I have many
What can't you live without: My heart
What keeps you motivated:Exploration
If you could be a super hero who: Pablo Picasso
Favorite post activity drink: IPA
Go-to dance move: Taking tequila shots
Favorite ice cream: Not really into ice cream
Coffee or tea: Coffee
What do you do on off days: Think, read, eat, sleep, work, maybe nap
Last movie to make you cry:Life of Pi
Favorite classic movie: Top Gun
What's on your ipod: Don't have one
What kind of car do you drive: Chevy Astro
Personal Blog: Book of Samuel Journal
Personal Website: Book of Samuel