Kellen Sams began his freshman year at Green Mountain College in 2001, the year GreenMAP began. Kellen was a great outdoor spirit, teacher and avid adventurer. But most importantly he was a welcoming friend to all he met. Tragically, despite preparedness, the highest safety measures, and years of training and experience, Kellen lost his life in an avalanche in February of 2010 while backcountry skiing the majestic San Juan Mountains in Colorado. Kellen loved the mountains and left this life doing what he cherished most ─ challenging himself in nature in the company of great friends.