Samantha grew up in the country outside Detroit, Michigan. She started climbing when she worked in Sequoia National Park in 2011. She has previously been a climbing guide with two companies in Austin, Texas and has climbed and mountaineered in places such as Alaska, Oregon, Texas, Uganda, and Mexico. Some of her favorites places to climb locally are Lover’s Leap and Tuolumne Meadows. She’s certified with PCIA and furthered her education with AMGA & IWLS.