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Stephen grew up in the Southeast and cut his teeth as a climber on the steep sandstone in West Virginia and Kentucky. He started working as a trip leader while studying ecology and mathematics at Oberlin College. Summer work gave him the opportunity to teach rock climbing, backpacking, and expeditionary canoeing in the western US and Canada. After school, Stephen promptly moved to Washington to be near the alpine summits of the Pacific Northwest. Stephen started guiding professionally in 2015 and working for Mountain Gurus and Northwest Alpine Guides in 2017. He regularly guides in Alaska, Washington, California and Argentina. A strong all-around climber, Stephen’s personal experience ranges from Grade V alpine routes in the North Cascades, to long rock routes in the desert Southwest, to demanding ice climbs in the Canadian Rockies. Stephen is an AMGA Certified Rock Guide and Assistant Alpine Guide.


  • Aconcagua (3 Expeditions)
  • Denali (3 Expeditions)
  • Pico De Orizaba
  • Mt. Rainier (40+ ascents via 4 routes)
  • Mt. Baker (30+ ascents via 5 routes, ski descent)
  • Mt. Shuksan (15 ascents via 3 routes)
  • Slesse Mountain (Northeast Buttress)
  • Eldorado Peak (NW Face Couloir, Northeast Face and East Ridge)
  • Forbidden Peak (West Ridge, East Ridge, North Ridge, NW Face)
  • Dragontail Peak (Triple Couloirs, Backbone Ridge, Serpentine Arete)
  • Goode Mountain (Megalodon Ridge, Northeast Buttress)
  • Mount Stuart (North Ridge, Stuart Glacier Couloir, Ice Cliff Glacier)
  • Triumph (Northeast Ridge)
  • South Early Winters Spire (Direct East Buttress, Southwest Rib)
  • Liberty Bell (Liberty Crack)
  • Grand Teton (Complete Exum Ridge, East Ridge)
  • Elephant’s Perch (Beckey Direct, Mountaineers Route)
  • Johannesburg Mountain (Northeast Buttress)
  • Torment-Forbidden Traverse
  • Nose, El Capitan
  • Mt Hood (2 routes)
  • Various Ice Climbs in Ouray, CO, Hyalite Canyon, MT and Canadian Rockies


  • AMGA Certified Rock Guide
  • American Avalanche Institute Pro 2
  • Leave No Trace Trainer
  • Wilderness First Responder / CPR