Sam Eastman is eighteen years old, originally hailing from Toronto, Ontario. He believes Ontario’s lack of height, and arguably, quality, helps motivate climbers from the area. Instead of driving long distances to better areas, climbers were motivated to be creative, which resulted in some pretty cool routes being established.
Growing up with these routes helped him realize that he needed to work hard on anything he wished to climb. From the beginning he has been keen on finding new routes, and the last few years of looking for virgin stone has finally started to pay off
A number of his personal favorite routes are in the backwoods of Ontario. At Bancroft, a cliff a few hours north of Toronto, highlights include establishing “Hellrider” (5.13c), as well as thin ice and mixed lines during the winter season.
His best alpine rock climbing memories come from Castle Mountain where he worked (and continues to work) on establishing new routes, including “Castles in the Sky” (5.14a)
Most recently he established “Miner’s Waltz in C (hoss) Sharp (with a) Minor” (link http://gripped.com/news/new-rockies-route-miners-waltz-c-hoss-sharp-minor/) on the unclimbed north face of Lawrence Grassi Peak above Canmore.