Stephen grew up in North Bend, Washington and fell in love with the mountains early on. He spent his childhood exploring the Alpine Lakes Wilderness and started climbing in his early twenties. Depending on the season you can find him rock climbing, skiing, ice climbing or mountaineering. The mountains are his passion and he loves introducing others to them. He is a certified Wilderness First Responder and AIARE level 2 certified. He is currently pursuing the AMGA guide track.