Sam Elias

I wouldn’t say that I was a climber, more of a searcher.

In 2005, I left everything that was familiar behind, and moved to the Red River Gorge in Kentucky, USA. I wouldn’t say that I was a climber, more of a searcher. I loved to climb, loved the feeling, but I could barely climb 7b. By the end of the year through a steady rhythm of sleeping, eating, climbing, working (a little), and resting I was able to red point 8a+.

By that point, I felt as though it was something I was meant to pursue. It has been a long time since then and I have come a long way with that trust in myself, but it’s important for me to remember how I began. Now, I’m lucky enough to get to travel the world to climb, and partner with the very best companies – like Scarpa. Actually, my very first pair of climbing shoes ever were Scarpa. I bought them in very used condition from a guy for $9 in a climbing gym in Salt Lake City, UT (because I didn’t have $10)! I still have them! Now my favorite shoe(s) are the Instinct models. Straight out of the box they are so comfortable and ready for sending.

My favorite place to use them is Cataluña, Spain, where I try to visit at least once a year. Some moments that I am proud of are red pointing The Crew, and Tomfoolery, and Rorschach Test in Rifle, CO, USA, red pointing Inglorious Basterds in Hyalite Canyon, MT, USA, and on sighting Direct King Cobra in Vail, CO, USA, and Gladiator in Rodellar, Spain.  

Tomfoolery 8c in Rifle Canyon