Sam Marshall, the founder of Monkey Mountaineering is a member of the Alpine Club and a Mountaineering & Climbing Instructor (MCI) previously known as the Mountaineering Instructors Award – MIA. He also holds the Winter Mountain Leader award.
Sam’s interest and enthusiasm for mountaineering developed from an early age, nurtured initially through the Scouting movement it was then consolidated and further established whilst serving in the Army.
Working up through the ranks and balancing the demands of family life and a military career, Sam was fortunate enough to be involved in expeditions to some of the most extensive, remote and often hostile mountain regions on the globe, spanning all seven continents.
Completing his service holding the highest military mountaineering qualifications, mountaineering has taken Sam on adventures to some amazing places, from first ascents in remote Northern Greenland, attempts at technical and challenging Himalayan peaks, sun baked rock climbing in Thailand and Spain, trekking in Canada, North America and New Zealand through to harsh and demanding ski mountaineering in the Antarctic as well as numerous crags and mountain venues in the UK, European Alps and Norway.
Realising that the mountaineering objective is only a small part of the overall journey, Sam has always tried to learn more about local customs and traditions. It was through these journeys and a desire to share his experiences that sowed the seed for Monkey Mountaineering. Partnering with Jo and Becky has allowed that idea to turn into a reality.