Samuel Anthony Elias
Date of Birth: 8/25/1982

Climbing Highlights:

  • Summitting Mt. Everest in May of 2012
  • First ascents on 5 continents
  • First ascents on rock up to 5.14b and winter mixed up to M12
  • Climbing up to 5.13c within a year, and 5.14a in 2 years
  • Rock red points up to 5.14c
  • Rock on-sights up to 5.13c
  • Free climbed El Cap via the PreMuir (5.13c/d, 35 pitches)
  • Ice up to WI6
  • Mixed red points up to M13
  • Mixed on-sights up to M11
  • 2nd place at 2010 and 2016 Ouray Ice Festival competition, and 3rd place in 2013
  • 1st place at 2011 and 2012 Winter Mountain Games dry tooling competition in Vail, CO

Outdoor Industry Work Experience:

Fall 2008 – Spring 2012
Employment by Black Diamond Equipment Ltd.
Rocky Mountain Region: CO, WY, NM

Job Description:
Technical representative/Assistant Sales Representative for the Rocky Mountain territory

Spring 2008 – Fall 2008
Employment by Big Stone Publishing
Carbondale, CO

Job Description:
Subscriptions manager within the circulation department responsible for distribution of Rock & Ice and Trail Runner magazines

Summer 2007 – Spring 2008
Employment at Summit Canyon Mountaineering
Glenwood Springs, CO

Job Description:
Buyer within upper management primarily responsible for hard goods inventory and general oversight of store operation

Summer 2006 – March 2007
Employment at Summit Canyon Mountaineering
Glenwood Springs, CO

Summer and Fall Job Description:
Climbing counter manager and retail floor salesman specializing in spring/ summer outdoor oriented hard goods and soft goods

Winter Job Description:
Backcountry ski shop manager and head ski technician in charge of all rental equipment and paperwork, as well as retail salesman specializing in fall/ winter outdoor oriented hard goods and soft goods, primarily telemark and alpine touring equipment and backcountry accessories

Spring 2006, Spring 2005-Fall 2005
Employment at Miguel’s Pizza and Climb Shop
Slade, KY

Job Description:
Food preparation and sales, retail climbing equipment and clothing salesman, facility and grounds maintenance, and business handlings

Winter 2005 – Spring 2006, Summers of 2000, 2001, 2002
Employment at Planet Rock Climbing Gym
Pontiac, MI

Job description:
Managerial position involving climbing instruction and safety oversight, retail climbing equipment and clothing salesman, equipment and facility maintenance, and business handlings


Fall 2000 – Spring 2004
The College of Idaho, formerly Albertson College of Idaho (Graduated)
Caldwell, Idaho

Degree: Bachelor of Science
Majors: Biology (general) and Fine Art (ceramics)
Minor: Chemistry

Summer 2002
Oakland University
Rochester Hills, Michigan

Fall 1998 – Spring 2000
Rowland Hall St. Mark’s School and Rowmark Ski Racing Academy (Graduated)
Salt Lake City, Utah

Fall 1996 – Spring 1998
Brother Rice High School
Birmingham, Michigan