ALPINE CLIMBER / MOUNTAIN GUIDE
Steve is a husband, climber, mountain guide, skier, cyclist, traveler, student, Eagle Scout, and author of two books. He currently lives in Ridgway, Colorado with his wife Eva, although they spend time in Europe and Asia each year. He began climbing with his father as a child, and was introduced to alpine climbing in Slovenia after graduating high school in 1988.
The GU Moment
“In 2000, two other climbers and I completed the Slovak Direct route on Mount McKinley (Denali) in 60 hours. The fastest ascent before that had been 7 days. We relied almost entirely on GU Energy Gel, literally climbing from one Gel, feeling that we were getting close to the bonk, then doing another Gel. It got us up 70% faster than anyone before us. That record still stands 14 years later and I’ve been using GU Energy products religiously ever since. I use them training and on my big climbs. When people ask me how I do those big climbs so quickly, I always tell them that nutrition planning is big part. Thanks GU!”
Steve is a big fan of Salted Caramel Energy Gel and he always has a bottle of Recovery Drink waiting for him at the end of the workout.
Steve’s most famous ascent may be the Central Pillar of the Rupal Face with Vince Anderson but he has compiled an impressive list of first ascents and new routes in Alaska, the Canadian Rockies, the Alps, and the Karakoram. Reinhold Messner has called him “The best high-altitude climber in the world.”
“My wife is Austrian and her hometown, Klagenfurt, is world HQ for Ironman. There is a big Ironman race there each year and tons of triathletes. We spend every spring there, and I’m always inspired by all the good athletes. Triathletes are so much more dedicated to their training than the typical climber. I find it really refreshing.”