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Sam Hill

HometownVillars-sur-Ollon, Switzerland

Years guiding6


International Mountain Leader

A bit about me

I am a full time, freelance International Mountain Leader, although “full time” is a subjective term. I try to work as much as I can in the Alps, but my work often takes me further afield. Leading expeditions to exotic places is a great part of the job. Ultimately, I am a big believer in doing what you love, and I feel incredibly privileged to be in the position to do just that.

Trail running background

Having grown up in the Lake District, in the Northwest of England, the “fells” are in my blood. Although I have now spent several years running in the Alps, including UTMB’s 330 km-long PTL, I also enjoy returning to the UK for big one-day trail running challenges such as the Bob Graham Round and Paddy Buckley Round.

Why I love guiding

The best part of this job is meeting such an incredible mix of people and characters. I have worked with billionaires to brick layers — and everyone in-between. I could write a book about all of the fascinating stories that I have been told over the years – and what better setting for a good story than in the mountains?

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Region coverage

Chamonix Valley, Berner Oberland, German-speaking Valais, French-speaking Valais, Chablais, Pre-Alps

Fees $370 per day


  • Sam Hill with his group walking uphill on a gravel road

    Sam Hill Run the Alps Guide with his group

  • Laughing Sam Hill with red shirt and blue viser, shorts and trail run vest

    Sam Hill Run the Alps Guide in Chamonix

  • Sam Hill and a female trail runner on a rainy day

    Sam Hill Run the Alps Guide on rainy day

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