Sam Bendroth is a New Hampshire (NH) local with a wide range of experience, including New England first ascents on rock and ice, alpine climbing in Patagonia and guiding in the Mount Washington Valley.
As a resident of North Conway, one of America’s outdoor capitals, he's well placed to take advantage of the great climbing that is readily to hand, enjoying routes like the aesthetic Crack of the Future (5.12c/E6) at Owl’s Cliff, "a wonderful trad line that has been called one of the best crack climbs in NH", and Unemployment Line (M9) at Tohko Crag.
Sam is an accomplished all-rounder who is as at home on steep water ice as he is on long remote rock routes, and for whom too much focus on one discipline “usually gets me psyched to do another”. His ability shines through no matter the medium he climbs on.
Sam’s introduction to the outdoors came from his father, initially through hiking, backpacking and winter walking. A defining point came when Sam’s father learned to rock climb while waiting out bad weather on a trip to Mount Rainier, a skill that he quickly passed on his son, with the pair taking every opportunity thereafter to get out climbing. On his inspiration, Sam says, “I don’t really remember what inspired me, I just knew that climbing is what I wanted to do”.