Sami Akiba is a climber from Venice Beach, California. She is currently a senior in high school at Da Vinci Science Charter High School and will soon be attending UC Santa Cruz. Sami began climbing at age ten and has been in love with the sport nonstop ever since. She is part of the Rock Warriors climbing team from Rockreation LA. This is where she began climbing competition through USA Climbing and grew her outdoor climbing experience. Some of her favorite climbing spots include Hueco Tanks, Texas, Smith Rock, Oregon and Lake Tahoe, California.
Realizing the pure joy that climbing brought her, Sami wished that everyone could experience something like that. She enjoys introducing rockclimbing to others that may not be able to have this experience otherwise. Each year, she hosts a sponsored climbing day and pizza party at a local gym for middle school students, chosen by their P.E. teachers based upon their above average effort in P.E. and other classes. As a result of the appreciation from this event, Sami was able to help manage the installation of a rock climbing traverse wall into the middle school’s gym. With help from Evolv, the wall was recently finished and the students are now using using the wall as part of their P.E. curriculum.
Winter or Summer? Summer
What did you dress up as last Halloween? Ziggy Stardust
What would you want for your last meal? Ramen noodles