Free Soloist & Base Jumper!
Date of birth: November 4, 1973 (age 42)
Residence: Moab, Utah, U.S.
Height:5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Weight: 120 pounds (54 kg)
Profession: Rock Climber, Free Soloist, BASE jumper, Author
BEST KNOWN FOR:
Second woman to free climb El Capitan in a single day
First woman to free climb the Salathė Wall on El Capitan in Yosemite, Valley
First female ascent of Torre Egger
First woman to free solo The Diamond on Long's Peak
First woman to free solo 5.11+ grade
First woman to summit Fitz Roy in Patagonia
First woman to summit all 7 major peaks of the Fitzroy Range
Married to Dean Potter for 4 years until 2006. Dean later died in a wingsuit accident on May 16th 2015.
Married to Mario Richard in 2011, who also died in a wingsuit accident on August 18th 2013.
Steph Davis lives a very nomadic lifestyle. Sometimes she lives in a van. Other times she's living in a tent or an octagonal cabin at Indian Creek. Davis has supported herself solely as a sponsored climber since 1996. The companies she works with are good friends who share her ideas of what climbing and life are about and what really matters. Writing, photography and experimenting with vegan recipes are her other loves. (Davis has been vegan since 2003.) She started climbing when she was a freshman at the University of Maryland in 1991. She made it through a Master's degree in literature and one week of law school, and then she moved into her grandma's hand-me-down Oldsmobile, waitressing in Moab to save money for expeditions and climbing trips.
Steph Davis started base jumping 10 years ago. It's how she met her husband Mario. Sadly, Mario died on a wingsuit jump in the Italian Dolomites in 2013.
On the topic of Emotion and Fear, Davis has a unique perspective that clearly illustrates why so few people, male or female, are able to do what she continues to do.
"It's easy to confuse intense emotion with fear. Intensity is what you came for; don't irrationally try to run away from it. You never know what's going to happen, even in the next second. Every decision you've made was the best one you could have made at the time: remember that when bad things happen. Things will not stop changing. No matter what, the only thing you can count on is yourself."
STEPH DAVIS PODCAST
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"Free soloing is a practice for life.
What I learned is that it is all about controlling what is going on in the brain.
There's a euphoria to finishing a long free solo. That's the only way I can describe it. I've never felt that with anything else I've done. But I always feel it after free soloing.
STEPH DAVIS VIDEOS
Steph Davis Free Solos Jah Man ( 5.10/5 pitches ) in Utah and BASE jumps from the top of the tower.
"It helps me to be by myself and do things that are committing, like risky things because that triggers a lot of thought. It helps me figure things out a little bit. The fear is the danger."
In this video Steph Davis talks about her life and the road that led her to the vertical world.
Steph Davis shares her relationship with The Tombstone and her love of combining climbing with BASE jumping.
" Every time I jump the Tombstone, I feel a little different. I notice something a little different. You know, it's the practice. I would probably rather hit the ground doing something that I love and be gone, than be 85 uears old and be all alone in some hospital bed."
Steph Davis free solos North Chimney (5.11-) of Castleton Tower in Moab, Utah, and Pervertical Sanctuary (5.11a) on the Diamond of Longs Peak in Estes Park, Colorado
"The Diamond can be an intimidating place. There's some loose rock, the climbing is pretty steep. It's vertical or overhanging. If you fell off, you'd go down about 1,000 ft. If I think of falling, I can be distracted. I can't do that. The fear is the danger."