Some athletes are capable of thrilling us with their extraordinary performance. Samuel Equy is one of these. A workaholic in training, he’s able to give his best in the most important events.
Born in 1996 in Grenoble, a small town nestled in the French Alps, he’s been attracted to the vertical environments of his local area since he was a child. At 16, he started ski mountaineering and discovered a passion that allowed him to experience the adrenaline of competition and continually raise the bar. His sacrifices would soon bear fruit, and prestigious results were not long in coming: following excellent placings at Pierra Menta, he became U23 world champion (vertical specialty) in 2019 and national champion in 2020. Samuel demonstrated continued improvement, which culminated in 2022 with the title of world champion in the long-distance specialty.
But competition in official races was not enough to satisfy his love for effort at high elevation. In 2023, together with Benjamin Védrines, the Frenchman completed the Haute Route, the ski mountaineering traverse of more than 100 kilometers and 8,330 meters of elevation gain that connects Chamonix to Zermatt, in less than 15 hours, fully self-supported.
When he put away his skis and skins, Samuel dedicated himself fully to the goal of becoming a mountain guide — an alternative way to experience his limitless passion, always in high gear and looking upward, toward new vertical dreams that disappear into the clouds.