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

Athletic Highlights:

  1. First ascents/new routes on 5 continents
  2. Documentary film – Rooted: Climbing Lebanon (Link below)
  3. Establishing Lebanon’s first 5.14 rock climb
  4. Summiting Mt. Everest in May of 2012
  5. Free climbing ascent of Yosemite’s El Capitan in June 2014
    1. PreMuir route, 35 pitches, 5.13+ over 6 days
  6. First ascents on rock up to 5.14b and winter mixed up to M12
  7. Sport climbing red points up to 5.14d
  8. Sport climbing on-sight up to 5.13c
  9. Trad climbing red points up to 5.14-
  10. Ice climbing up to WI6
  11. Winter mixed climbing up to M13
  12. Winter mixed climbing on-sight up to M11
  13. Ouray Ice competitions podiums in Ouray, CO
    1. 2nd place in 2010 and 2016
    2. 3rd place in 2013 and 2018
  14. Winter Mountain Games mixed climbing competition podiums in Vail, CO
    1. 1st place in 2011 and 2012
  15. Climbing up to 5.13c within a year, and 5.14a in 2 years
  16. Skiing since 1985

Outdoor Industry Work Experience:

Spring 2010 – Present
Fulltime Professional Athlete and brand ambassador currently working for –
            The North Face
            Black Diamond
            Scarpa footwear
            Jaybird Sport headphones
            BlueWater Ropes
            Gnarly Nutrition
            Friction Labs chalk
Winter 2016 – 2017
Employment by DPS Ski Company
Salt Lake City, UT

Job Description:
In house ski technician and advisor

Summer 2016
Employment by The North Face
Alameda, CA

Job Description:
Product research, design, and development internship

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