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Sam Friedland

Sam grew up in a northern suburb of Chicago called Deerfield. Starting at an early age he took backcountry camping trips all over the US and then began leading similar trips when he started college. He has visited 25 National Parks (so far…only 35 to go!) and has led trips through more than 10 of them. He is also a Wilderness First Responder.

Sam graduated from the University of Illinois in 2018 with a degree in Communication. During the off-season, he coaches high school track and cross country and works for his family’s real estate business. He spends his free time reading, playing the guitar and harmonica and running.


What’s your favorite hike?

Hiking around the rim of Bryce Canyon to see the hoodoos at sunrise.

What’s your favorite bike ride?

Biking through Grand Teton National Park finishing at Jenny Lake.

Favorite Movie?

Pulp Fiction

Favorite Book?


Favorite Song?

I Got A Name by Jim Croce

When did you first catch the travel bug?

When I was 12-years-old my family traveled to Costa Rica. We went whitewater rafting, hiking, and zip lining. Not to mention all of the wildlife…I was hooked after that!

What are your hobbies?

Playing music, spending time with friends and family, and exploring new places.

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