Steve House (climber)

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Steve House (born August 4, 1970) is an American professional climber and mountain guide.


House earned a Bachelor of Science in ecology from The Evergreen State College in 1995.[1] He has been a fully Union Internationale des Associations de Guides de Montagnes-certified guide since 1999, and is the seventh American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) guide to complete the certification.[1] He now guides for Skyward Mountaineering and is based in southwest Colorado, in Ridgway, Colorado. He works as an ambassador for the technical outdoor clothing company, Patagonia, where he works with both marketing and product design, development, and testing. He has been a Patagonia ambassador since 1999.[2] In 2015 he co-founded Uphill Athlete with his former coach Scott Johnston.

On March 25, 2010, while lead climbing on Mount Temple, Steve fell approximately 25 meters. He broke six ribs in multiple places, collapsed his right lung, fractured his pelvis in two places, and fractured several vertebrae in his spine. Barely a year later and after months of rehabilitation, House set off for the Himalaya to climb Makalu, the fifth-highest mountain in the world.[3][4]

His book Beyond the Mountain was the 2009 winner of the Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature. In 2015 he and Scott Johnston published Training for the New Alpinism and The New Alpinism Training Log.

Alpine climbing[edit]

He is vocal in his support of "alpine style" climbs, which involve travelling quickly with little gear, and leaving no gear on the mountain. When, in 2004, the Russian team won the 14th Piolet d'Or for their ascent of the north face of Jannu, he criticized the team for using months to climb the face while setting up fixed ropes, and for leaving 77 ropes and multiple camps behind on the mountain.[5]

Notable climbs[edit]

  • 2000: Slovak Direct, Mount McKinley, Alaska Range, Alaska with Mark Twight and Scott Backes, a fast climb in 60 hours.[6]
  • 2003 The Talkeetna Standard, Eye Tooth, Alaska Range, Alaska, USA; FA V 5.9 WI5 1000m with Jeff Hollenbaugh[7]
  • 2003 Roberts-Rowell-Ward Route, Mt. Dickey, Alaska Range, Alaska, USA; second ascent VI 5.9 A2 1675m with Jeff Hollenbaugh[7]
  • 2004 Southwest Face, K7, Charakusa Valley, Karakorum, Pakistan (second ascent of the mountain, first ascent of route) (VI 5.10a M6 A2 80 degrees, 2400m), solo. For this ascent he won the People's Award for the 14th Piolet d'Or.[8]
  • 2005 Central Pillar of the Rupal Face, (4100m, M5 X, 5.9, WI4), September 1–8, on Nanga Parbat in northern Pakistan with Vince Anderson. Completed in a little over a week (a very short period of time in comparison with many large alpine climbs), the climb won him and Anderson the Piolet d'Or. Steve House's account was published in Alpinist Magazine-Issue 16, in which he describes the ascent as the culmination of "years of a physical and psychological journey."
  • 2007 House-Haley (WI5 M7 1750m), Emperor Face, Mount Robson (3956m), Canadian Rockies, Alberta, Canada. FA of route with Colin Haley, May 25–27, 2007.[9]
  • 2007 K7 West (6858m), Charakusa Valley, Karakorum, Pakistan FA of peak with Vince Anderson and Marko Prezelj.[10]
  • 2008 House-Anderson (WI5+ M8 R/X, 1000m), North Face, Mount Alberta (3619m), Canadian Rockies, Alberta, Canada. FA of route with Vince Anderson, March 26–28, 2008[11]


  1. ^ a b "Steve House IFMGA Certified Mountain Guide". North Cascades Mountain Guides. Archived from the original on February 7, 2010. Retrieved March 29, 2018.
  2. ^ "Patagonia Ambassador Steve House". Patagonia. Archived from the original on April 7, 2016. Retrieved March 29, 2018.
  3. ^ "Air Ranger Steve". Skyward Mountaineering. March 27, 2010. Archived from the original on July 16, 2011. Retrieved March 29, 2018.
  4. ^ "Fall Off Mount Temple". Steve House - Training Blog. September 5, 2010. Archived from the original on July 24, 2011. Retrieved March 29, 2018.
  5. ^ "14th Piolet d'Or". Archived from the original on May 9, 2006. Retrieved March 29, 2018.
  6. ^ "Mt McKinley's Slovak Route by Scott Backes". The American Alpine Journal 2001 (American Alpine Journal). American Alpine Club: 48. August 2001. ISBN 0930410890. OL 8360193M.
  7. ^ a b Hollenbaugh, Jeff (2004). John Harlin III (ed.). American Alpine Journal. New York City, New York, USA: American Alpine Club. pp. 201–203. ISBN 0-930410-95-5.
  8. ^ Hollenbaugh, Jeff (December 1, 2004). "CHARAKUSA VALLEY". Alpinist. Alpinist Magazine. Retrieved 2008-02-12.
  9. ^ Haley, Colin (May 29, 2007). "NEW LINE ON MT. ROBSON BY HOUSE, HALEY". Alpinist. Alpinist Magazine. Retrieved 2009-05-27.
  10. ^ Bauer, Luke (September 4, 2007). "PREZELJ, HOUSE, ANDERSON TICK K7 WEST". Alpinist. Alpinist Magazine. Retrieved 2008-02-12.
  11. ^ Anderson, Vince (April 1, 2008). "New House-Anderson Line on Wintry Mt. Alberta". Alpinist. Alpinist Magazine. Retrieved 2008-08-17.

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