Sam grew up in the Meon Valley, on the South Coast of England. Naturally, having National Parks and the sea on her doorstep, she has always loved being outdoors, getting her first pair of walking boots at a young age. This passion further developed into climbing and hiking. Whilst at school, Sam completed all three levels of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and gained her Gold Award at 18. She has continued to volunteer with the Award in many capacities ever since, it also opened up an opportunity to conquer her fear of heights and water by going Tall Ship sailing. Sam has achieved RYA sailing qualifications and volunteers as a Bosun’s Mate, enabling her to sail all over the world. She has also pursued further disciplines to enhance her love of spotting marine and wildlife by completing her Sea Kayaking 3* Award and PADI Open Water.
Sam has been to over 60 countries and the number goes up every year! She loves the challenge of finding a new destination and creating an itinerary for her holiday. Sam’s trip to K2 Base Camp and backpacking through Alaska and Canada really gave her the insight into wanting to travel all over the World. Most recently, Sam spent the summer travelling around the Alpine Regions of Europe, taking in 7 countries testing her alpine flower knowledge and climbing up 4,000m peaks. Sam’s extensive mountaineering experience enables her to work towards her International Mountain Leader Award, which she hopes to complete within the next year.
When Sam is not up a mountain or out at sea, she can be found playing piano, or baking treats on the request of her friends.