Climbing Paradigms

Hi Steph I’m sending you this question because I see that you run lots of women specific climbing courses, and obviously are an experienced female climber yourself. In the last few years there’s been a lot...

Summer Food For Travel

Hi Steph, Hope you are great. Just wondering if you have any travel food ideas. We will be on the road a lot this summer (Lucky) and have turned to a meatless eggmc muffin once too many times in our effort...

Climbing Future

Hi Steph, I’m writing because you have made such an impact on my 10 year old daughter. She has had a passion of climbing for the past 2 years, where she now takes one-on-one lessons with a coach at our...

Big Change

Hi Steph! There’s going to be lots of firsts in this greeting but you seem to thrive on firsts so I’m going to let ’em rip. I’ve never written to a complete stranger before being the happy lone wolf that I...

Books and Moms

Hi Steph, For some ineffable reason I felt compelled to shoot a line when I saw your contact field. I read your book a year or so ago which I thoroughly enjoyed a connection with. I even got my Mother to...

Thanks For the Smile :)

Not sure you’ll like this one, but I saved one copy of your book from oblivion and pulping at a dollar store here in Metro Detroit. Honestly, was tired and fed up, had to bury a cat, Mom had been gone for...

Hello, From Germany

Dear Steph, I wanna thank you so much! I recently read your amazing book Learning to Fly: A Memoir of Hanging On and Letting Go and you deeply touched my heart & soul with your amazing story of joy,...

Training for Alpine Objectives

Hey Steph, I have aspirations to head into the greater ranges to test my mettle and achieve some alpine goals. I don’t have many alpine routes on my resume and I struggle to keep up in deep snow or on steep...

Plant Based Protein

Hi Steph, I am an amateur climber transitioning into vegetarianism. I am doing good so far, except for the protein intake. I should be taking approx 70 grs of protein daily, any advice on a good dense...

Reading On Fear

Hi Steph, I am excited to write to you and grateful that the interwebs provide the opportunity for us to connect even though we’ve never met. I’ve read both of your books and really enjoy reading your blog...

ACL Recovery and Gym Time

Hi Steph! I stumbled upon your page just today after looking up how soon I can return to climbing after my ACL repair. I tore my ACL skiing after some dummies were taking a smoke break in a blind spot in...

Work and Passion

Hi Steph, I have a question concerning my personal life, not so much about climbing, rather about the next step in my life. I am 31 years old, I have a 3-year-old son, and a very supportive and loving...

Almond Butter Energy Bites

I’ve given up on energy bars because I eat very little refined sugar, and I’ve spent far too much time in the energy bar section of my local natural food store reading bar labels and asking myself: why does...

High Infatuation

Hi Steph! I am currently reading High Infatuation and I cannot stop. I found an old, seemingly ragged, copy from the SLC public library. I had no idea what the book was about or even who you were, but it...

Potato Leek Soup and Life

I’ve been making your potato leek soup as part of my regular meal prep for a year or two now (possibly longer) and it was only tonight that I read a little deeper into your story and found it very touching...

Potato Leek Soup: Vegan, Simple!

This soup is ridiculously good. And simple. 6 tennis ball sized white potatoes (or any equivalent in size and color), washed but not peeled, and diced 2 large leeks, all the white and most of the green...

Hello From Spetses

Hello Steph, my name is Panagiotis and i come from a small island in Greece called Spetses. I fear of hights so much that my legs and my hands are shaking and my body can’t move when i am near to a cliff or...

Wilderness Therapy and Change

Hey Steph, I’m laying awake right now at 2:00 AM after having read both of your books in the past 48 hours. I’m a wilderness guide for a therapeutic rehab in Loa, Utah and I frequently guide in Moab so it...

Sprinter Dreams

I just wanted to take a moment to say thanks for all the inspiration over the years. Most recently, you inspired me in a huge way with all of your posts on your Sprinter van last year. It was always a dream...

Death and Fear

Hi Steph. The questions I would love to hear your thoughts on regard death and fear. It may be you have been asked and already answered a question like mine before, though I wanted to reach out...

PCT Thru Hike, Or….

Hi Steph, My name is Taylor, and I am a 23 year old woman from Vernon, British Columbia. While I am not a climber, base jumper or wingsuit pilot, I am someone who enjoys a simple life and being outside....

Goals and Relationships

Hi Steph, I have a question. There seems to be a common mindset of the climber/athletes out there: focused determination. I am dating a climber whose goals seem to be super-human. I love to be a part of...

The Best Path

Hey Steph! I hope this message finds you in good health and spirits. Somehow, through a blog on the internet discussing ropes and their uses, I stumbled upon your incredible blog here (not that I’m one to...

Living Life

Good morning Steph, I’ve been spending some time reflecting and setting goals for this next year, and I have been reminded of just how much your book, and blog, made a major impact and influence on me; I...

Love Dogs Connection

Dear Steph, I don’t have a gear or life question or need climbing advice, but I am writing to say thank you, and to acknowledge a heartfelt connection I felt when reading your post “Love Dogs,” which Gena...

Freedom and Fear

Dear Steph, First of all there are no words to express how much I am thankful for the time you dedicated to write your book and to share with us your thoughts about life, death, fear and love. THANK YOU....

Fear and the Journey

Hey Steph, My name is Christie and I am 26 years old. I felt compelled to reach out after reading your books. I don’t usually do this type of thing, but I just really wanted to thank you for sharing your...

Squirrel Epicene Skydiving Canopy

The Squirrel Epicene is a skydiving parachute designed specifically for wingsuiting. I waited a while before trying one, and I couldn’t be more excited about it! The Epicene combines reliability and...

Dirtbag Hair Care

Hey Steph, love the site! As a male with shoulder length hair, I’m curious how you take care of your hair while out on multi-week climbing trips without water/shower? Mine turns into knots and...

Dirtbag Retirement Planning

Hi Steph! You’re seriously my favorite female climber. You embody kindness, adventure, risk, joy, and understanding. You’re incredibly wise, I love this whole site you have up! So I have a question. What’s...

Salathe Wall

Hey Steph, I climbed the Salathe Wall with two buddies in September. We had a great time, aid climbed everything we possibly could – but still got totally “captained”. It was my first big wall, my two...

Love Dogs

I met Fletch in a dirt driveway in Moab where we were both living at the time: me in the back of a truck, Fletch in a small camper trailer with her current human, Scott. The driveway belonged to my best...

Probiotics and Supplements

Steph, I dig the blog and the vegan-way. I do wonder if you take a multi-vitamin (brand/formulation) and how often you take it. And do you consistently (daily) take a probiotic? Does your body depend on...

AFF Fears and Doubts

Hello Steph, My name is Joana and I am from Barcelona, I have been following you since you write High Infatuation: A Climber’s Guide to Love and Gravity and in the present moment I am nearly to finish your...

Sprinter Van Training Systems

Hey Steph, My partner and I are hitting the road in our sprinter in about a month and I’m thinking of how to to adapt my training (basically a pull up bar and hangboard to the van). I haven’t really come up...

ACL Post Op Panic

Hi Steph, I really enjoyed your honest account of your ACL injury. Thank-you. I’m currently experiencing the same post operative panic about stretching the graft – four days after surgery my left heel (aclr...

Sprinter Van 144 vs 170 Length

I am wondering if your sprinter van is a 144 or a 170 length model. I am at the beginning of my dream phase process thinking about buildouts and what I like and don’t like. wondering if you had a tough time...

A Way Forward

Good afternoon ma’am! Just wanted to drop a quick note to say thanks. I’ve been climbing off and on for about 11 years depending on my location. Last week I was finally able to get back on the wall, albeit...

Sprinter Van Heater and Stove

This is a van question:) we are building out a 170 sprinter and are trying to decide between propane stove vs the stove/heater you have that connects to the diesel tank. So far how is your stove heater...

Fear as a Positive Variable

Hi Steph I’m doing postgraduate research for a Masters in Psychology at the moment. My dissertation is focussed on how fear influences risk taking behaviour in BASE jumping. I’m particularly interested in...

When to Start Lead Climbing?

I’m pretty new to climbing, just started in January 2016. I’m climbing 10a-bs, sometimes 10c, and was thinking of learning to lead climb. Should I wait a little longer, or just go for it? I hear different...

Womens Clinic Thank You!

Hey Steph: Just wanted to write a quick thank-you note. I took your clinic in April and got to hang out and climb with a bunch of awesome women from all over the US & Canada (Jen!). On day 1, you asked us...

Hug From Argentina

Hi Steph, I’m a 18 years old absolutely paniote climber, studying physics in Bariloche, Argentina… Right now I’m getting crasy trying to decide if I keep studying or dedicate somehow to mountain… to the...

Y&Y Clip Up Belay Glasses

I’ve been using Y&Y Belay Glasses and really liking the optics–they have slight magnification and very clear lenses. I was asked if I’d like to review the new Clip Up version which you can clip onto...

Ropes, Feet and Cracks

Hi Steph! A while ago I contacted you with a question about climbing shoes and running injuries, and I figured out than I just need to do some very specific exercises for my lower legs after climbing and...

Bailing Out of Law School

Hey Steph! I’ll try and keep the fan-girling to a minimum but I can’t help myself. Aside from being an incredible and self-motivated athlete, you’re an all around badass. You live life on your own terms and...

Hello from Colombia

Hello Steph, I’m a climber from Colombia south america and I have seen some of your amazing achievements thru videos, I have a lot of questions about trad climbing and will love some advice but for now just...

Climbing and Through Hiking

How do I even begin? Hi! My name is Cheyenne. I am a 22 year old, outdoors enthusiastic nomad. You are an incredible inspiration to me. I started climbing only about two years ago, but instantly, it...

Fear and Injury

Hi Steph, Firstly I want to say your books have inspired me both on the wall and in life and I appreciate your vulnerability in sharing with everyone your journey. I have a question around fear and...

Multi Sport Challenges

Steph, I hope the universe is treating you well and vice versa. It has been great to watch your talents and passions grow throughout the years despite the obvious stones in the road. You have definitely...

Gypsy Life

We’d like to applaud your research and final fitting out of your new van. We lived in our old VW van (no pop up) for six months hauling the bikes and cooler in and out, freezing while giving the catalytic...

Hello From the Air

I just finished Learning To Fly and couldn’t put it down, for so many reasons. My long-time partner went off in a new direction, my beloved dog moved on to Rainbow Bridge and my health has been...

Apple Pie, Vegan, Delicious!

I have to say, I’m pretty impressed with this one. I never had much luck with pie crust, and especially without wheat flour. This pie crust is delicious and really simple to mix up. You need: 2 pie...

CW Hemp

Hi Steph, I’ve noticed you’ve mentioned CW Hemp a couple of times on Instagram, I was just wondering if you could do a little blog post about why you use their products, which ones you use, which one Cajun...

Baendit Sunglasses

Baendit sent me these sunglasses to check out, and they have some unique and cool features: the arms are bendable (remember that Gumby toy?) so you can shape them to your ears–or twist them around the chest...

Moab Dog Hikes

Hi Steph! I bet you have a pretty tight schedule, but I’ll be traveling down to Utah with a friend and her dog in the beginning of September, and was wondering if you had some suggestions of where to...

Hello From Grand Junction

Steph, Jamie Zartman here, D-2898, SCR 729. I live in Grand Junction after retiring. I use Osprey packs for my camera gear, and just happened upon your terrific video on Climb2Fly. Back in the 70s’, I...

Portable Fingerboard

Hi Steph, I think you had a recent article about portable (traveling) fingerboards but I can’t find it – checked your blog, FB, my email, etc. Can you point me to it? Thx so much! Climb ON, Rick Hi...

Mammut Ophir Rope Bag

We all have different preferences for gear, and especially for rope bags: for me, the Ophir is the rope bag I’ve been looking for all my life (my previous favorite was an Ikea bag, because I like it as...

Hello From South Carolina

Hey Steph! Thanks for a wonderful, clean and green website, and blessings for inspiring the climber/adventurer in us all. As I may correctly recall, you climbed strongly at the Clipper City Rock Gym in...

Honda Fit and Off Roading

Hi Steph! First I wanted to say I have been thoroughly enjoying your van life posts! My boyfriend and I are on a 5 year plan to save enough, buy a van, and head out on the road for a year, and your posts...

Climbing and Injury

I am inspired by what I’ve read from your site! I live in Alaska and am getting a degree in resource management, but all I really want from life is to live simply with my two dogs, Rin and Rico, husky and...

9 Kids in a Motorhome

hi Steph, just read your VAN Story— what a hoot! I’ve had a couple more (middle class) versions that had their positives & negatives. Best was a used 1986 Chinook high top with a turbo diesel motor. 19mpg....

Cooking in Trucks

…How did you ventilate the truck while cooking? Chase Here’s a question from Chase and some advice from me about cooking inside vehicles.

Yosemite Climbing Shoes?

Hi Steph, thanks for the way you are. I really like you. You are so inspirational for me. I am climber and vegan like you. I have one question. I am going climb in Yosemite in September. Can you recomend me...

Kale Salad

Kale salad is one of my favorite crag foods (doesn’t weigh you down, makes you feel great), and it’s also perfect for a post-climb or -run recovery snack, or for lunch or dinner. Kale is ridiculously good...

Concussion and Climbing Back

Hi Steph, I hope that you and your furry companions are well. When you have a free moment, would you be able to give me your thoughts? Two and a half years ago, I was struck with falling ice while belaying,...

Hello From Gunnison

Thanks very much for taking the time to drive up from Moab and speak at the Gunnison Library–a really excellent talk. I asked the question re: sky boarding, as my youngest boy was very into it–he graduated...

Guest Post: Home Wall Setting

Hey Steph, quick question about home wall setting. I have just wrapped up my home wall and have accumulated a good amount of holds, but despite how much I love setting lines, Im finding that being the only...

Climbing and Relationships

…Am I doing something wrong? Shall I take a break from climbing with him, & climb by myself or with some other girl friends for a while? Any suggestion is welcome! Kat When climbing together becomes less...

Journey

Hi Steph, I’m not really sure how to start this, so I’ll just start with: you greatly inspire me and I truly believe reading your books has changed me and my life. I don’t say that lightly! Very few books...

Sprinter Questions

Steph, What did you use for the floor in your van? It looks nice and easy to clean. Frank Hi Frank, Mobius Concepts did my build-out, and I asked Chris to give me the details on the floor (which I really...

Backcountry Safety Kits

In the nineties (and before), we didn’t have cell phones. If you wanted to find the best route to the top of the mountain, you hiked to the bottom, looked at it with a spotting scope and then went up to see...

Fear in a Nutshell

Hey Steph This is a far reaching question, but in a nutshell how do you deal with fear? I’ve been trad climbing for 8 years and suddenly am feeling very fearful and it is affecting my confidence and ability...

Climbing Goals and Frustration

Hi Steph, Hope this email finds you well! I may be ranting/going in circles here but would really love your advice–one lady climber to another. This past weekend I spent a few days in Bishop with a bunch...