Tributes to Kong Journey climbing teacher


Sam Pilcher

Tribute was paid to a Keswick climbing instructor who died after an incident in the fells.

Sam Pilcher, an instructor at Kong Adventure, was climbing with a friend when he was implicated in the Quayfoot Buttress incident in Borrowdale.

In a post by Kong Adventure on Facebook it says: “Sam joined our team in February 2020 and immediately brought enthusiasm, drive and passion to his job.

“He was exceptionally hardworking and extremely popular with all of our employees and customers, and quickly connected with everyone he taught.

“He recently launched the particularly popular homeschool climbing courses.”

Mr Pilcher recently joined the Ambleside / Langdale Mountain Rescue Team.

The post added, “Sam was passionate about helping others who were vulnerable or who had difficulties in their lives.

“He recently teamed up with another of our instructors – Steve Chadwick – to climb 18 of the oldest routes in the Lake District in the shoes then available – Old Routes in Old Boots.

“Sam wanted to raise awareness and support the Dewolf Bushcraft group, which provides refuge and support to ambulance workers, NHS workers and veterans.

“Steve will continue this challenge as a tribute to Sam and is looking for climbing partners who hold his ropes.

“If anyone is interested in supporting this challenge in memory of Sam, please contact Steve at our center.

“We would like to thank the Keswick Mountain Rescue Team, his climbing partner Jamie and everyone involved in his rescue and for the excellent care at Newcastle Hospital.

“Our thoughts are with his family and friends.”

Call Kong Adventure on 017 687 75907 or email [email protected]