Samuel Elias


Detroit, MI




Climbing and Skiing Mountains


Art, Golf, Cornhole, Chilling

Causes I care about

Access Fund, Color the Crag, The North Face Global Climbing Day and WALLS ARE MEANT FOR CLIMBING campaign

Do you collect anything?

Rocks, Art.

What is the scariest thing you have ever done?

Mt. Everest expedition and summit.

Why do you like working with Gnarly?

Very high-quality products. Brand commitment to outdoor recreation. Employees that live the brand.

Outside of your respective sport, what are you most proud of?

Interact emotionally in a positive way with a thing that I make or say or do or share.

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?


Who is your hero? Why?

Miyamoto Musashi. He was an iconoclast, a contemplative imaginative renegade. He embodied a lifelong pure spirit of self-inquiry, discovery, reconsideration, and refinement. He invented a new sword style and became the most famous and successful swordsman in Japanese history, and is considered by many to be the sword saint of Japan.

Any advice for aspiring athletes?

1) Know (for real) why you’re doing it.
2) It never really happens the way you think it will.
3) Cultivate relationships that you love, because eventually they will be all that remains.

I recommend…

Performance Greens – I use them almost everyday in a morning smoothie for breakfast, or during training with BCAAs. It’s easy drinking and tastes good enough to drink alone with no artificial colors, flavors, or sweeteners. And no GMOs gluten, or soy. Plus, it’s much more than only a “greens” supplement with probiotics, and other ingredients to support blood flow, energy and endurance, recovery and inflammation, digestion and nutrient assimilation.

Decaf BCAAs – I use them during and after every training day, or outside climbing day. I believe in the research behind BCAAs and believe I’ve experienced a difference in the shorter recovery time while using them. Again, no GMOs, gluten, or soy, and no artificial colors, flavors, or sweeteners.

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