Sam's first summit attempt with Adaptive Grand Slam began in the dark. Wearing a head torch and tough new toe crunching boots, she was joined by AGS founder Martin Hewitt and AGS veteran Terry Byrne as she bid to reach the summit of Gran Paradiso.
Here's the moment Sam returned to the mountains for the first time since her accident.
We did it! I’m feeling very emotional and very proud but full of energy. I've only just found out that Gran Paradiso is the highest mountain in Italy!
In places it was really tough, especially at the end when we had to climb up rocks. My arm made this part difficult but I managed it anyway. Coming down was the hardest bit as you use muscles you wouldn’t normally use.
I haven’t really worn hiking boots before so one of my big toes is a little sore, but other than that I feel great. I was most worried about how I’d react to the altitude, I live in London, so I really had no idea what it would be like. I feel fine though.
Before my injury, I wasn’t really interested in climbing mountains. This was stepping completely into the unknown. I never thought I’d be able to do it, but hope it makes people realise that life doesn’t stop after an injury like mine. There’s always a way.