For 12 years, the author writes, she and her husband led a life of pure adventure and selfinvention, and nothing about it was safe. A climbers guide to love and gravity by davis, steph isbn. Learning to fly finds climber, base jumper steph davis. The daughter of an aerospace executive, she started climbing since the age of 18 at the popular carderock crags, in maryland, near washington dc, us. Wingsuit base jumper steph davis describes holding on and. Journal and mercedezbenz, i recently had the opportunity to speak with one of their sponsored athletes free solo climber and base jumper, steph davis.
I actually met and climbed with steph at carderock in md when we were both students new climbers and in. She makes her home in moab, utah, the land of endless adventure, and most days, she can be found climbing up a cliff or jumping off one. Rock climber steph davis has been scaling walls for more than two decades. Book notes on learning to fly by steph davis gripped. She has put up first ascents on the worlds most frightening bigwalls, from mountains in pakistan and baffin island to kyrgyzstan. A real life superhero, steph davis climbs up mountains and flies off them. A climbers guide to love and gravity, was published in 2007. A climbers guide to love and gravity, and learning to fly. The reason why alex honnold and steph davis are not adrenaline junkies. This season steph davis has fulfilled her two dreams. An uncommon memoir of human flight, unexpected love, and one amazing dog, by professional rock climber steph davis its not just that davis, who spends part of her summers in rifle and calls moab home, is such a worldclass climber that she was the. Steph davis is a worldrenowned climber, skydiver, and base jumper. A climbers guide to love and gravity, 2007 depressed and without a sense of purposebut not for long.
On september 3, steph davis realized her dream of free soloing pervertical sanctuary iv 5. Steph davis 42, is an american rock climber, wingsuit flyer, and base jumper. A climber s guide to love and gravity, was published in 2007. Click to share on facebook opens in new window click to share on reddit opens in new window click to share on twitter opens in new window click to email this to a friend opens in new window. Today, through courage and perseverance, davis is a highprofile athlete whose sponsors have included patagonia, mammut, clif bar, five ten and cascade designs. In her second book, steph davis gives us an intimate look into her marriage with dean potter and how his controversial climb of delicate arch put a strain on their relationship, her career, and caused her to. I started eating vegan purely for healthathletic reasons originally. Excellent book written by world class climber steph davis. But as the years have gone by, i care very much about trying to cause as. Stephanie steph davis born november 4, 1973 is an american rock climber, base jumper, and wingsuit flyer. The 25 best rock climbing books every climber should read.
Learning to fly book by steph davis official publisher. A climbers guide to love and gravity by steph davis isbn. See all books authored by steph davis, including high infatuation. When asked about flow, davis described it as, the feeling of taking.
From an unusual start as a classically trained pianist with a masters degree in literature, steph chose to leave law school in order to pursue climbing full time. An uncommon memoir of human flight, unexpected love, and one amazing dog, and more on. The first one was to learn skydiving in order to prepare for base jumping, the other to free solo the colorados diamond wall. The nine things pro climber steph davis needs every day from hemp oil to ginger tea to earplugs, heres what the climber and base jumper cant live without. A climbers guide to love and gravity by steph davis. The antidote to another day of mundane office work, kidshuttling and billpaying surely is learning to fly. The paperback includes a new epilogue in which davis shares how her husbands tragic accident has affected her relationship to climbing and flying. Steph davis is on record with first ascents in pakistan, patagonia, baffin island, and kyrgyzstan. Professional climber steph davis writes about life, flight in new memoir share this.
The first half of the book was the most captivating. Watch as she shares her story as part of the garmin women of adventure campaign. Climber and wingsuit pilot steph davis has an uncanny ability to focus her craft. When professional rock climber steph davis started skydiving, she d. An interview with steph davis, the worlds leading vegan. By andrew tower courtesy of steph davis is one radical lady. Steph davis eagles talent embracing change managing. I first learned of her climbing, skydiving, base jumping, etc. In the last chapter of her new memoir, davis describes overcoming loss. Steph davis is a professional climber, base jumper, and wingsuit flyer. I am also a climber and some of the prose really speaks to me. Steph davis climbs such outrageously steep things that one wonders whether sorcery is involved, that perhaps her gifts extend beyond climbing to include the manipulation of physics. Professional climber steph davis writes about life, flight. I first met davis in moab, utah, at the home she shares with potter and their dog, a tenyearold.
The tragedy of steph davis book, learning to fly, is being privy to this truth and the ultimate ends of many of the book s real characters. A climbers guide to love and gravity isbn 1594850658, has been translated into multiple languages. In high infatuation, davis writes on the universal themes of life, love, friendship, personal empowerment, and more, told through a career in climbing. Steph davis is a climber, base jumper and wingsuit pilot known for legendary mountain and large wall ascents often without rope. She is vilified by the climbing community and the authorities, dropped by her top sponsors, and her marriage hits the rocks. Learning to fly book by steph davis official publisher page. From climbing desert towers to jumping off them to patagonia alpine to yosemite big walls she has had a sticky little hand in each and every pot of climbing joy. American climber steph davis learning to fly the outdoor journal. I just finished reading steph daviss first book high infatuation while recovering from two days of climbing and an accidental hourlong run. Free climbing, basejumper extraordinaire steph davis might just be the most fearless person in the world. Steph davis books list of books by author steph davis. She is the only woman to have completed a free solo climb, a 5. She returned on september to repeat the free solo a second time, with peter mortimer filming.
I had no idea she had a masters degree and left her western lifestyle to completely emerge herself in the nomad life of a climber. To learn more about steph, explore her blog and follow her on facebook, twitter, and instagram. Stephanie steph davis born november 4, 1973 is an american rock climber, base jumper. When pro climber and base jumper steph davis lost her husband in a wingsuit crash, she considered giving up on everything. As ive been getting into climbing, ive tried to find interesting climbers to learn and draw inspiration from. Steph is a talented writer, rare for a world class athlete. A worldleading professional climber, skydiver and basejumper, steph is the only woman to have climbed a 5. The ultimate focus of the book is not climbing but the conflict davis feels between the radical solitude of her chosen obsession and being a member of society. A rightarm mediumfast bowler and righthanded attacking batsman, she has played for somerset women since 2001 after making her county debut for somerset at the age of, davies quickly progressed into. Stephanie steph davis born 1973 is an american rock climber, base jumper, and wingsuit flyer quotes. Few could pursue a life so fearlessly on the edge while being as down to earth as steph davis. When professional rock climber steph davis started skydiving, she discovered new love, hope, and joy in letting go. I wish i could put my life on hold for climbing the way she did but i cant live without the comforts of my very western lifestyle.
Its not so surprising that on the day of my fifth wedding anniversary i would be crouched in the open door of an airplane, thirteen thousand feet above the colorado plains, about to jump out. Steph davis, a wingsuit flier, sky diver, base jumper, and professional climber describes how eating plantbased fuel keeps her lighter and more efficient. Steph davis, professional climber will blow your mind. Stephanie ann davies born 21 october 1987 is an international cricketer who has represented the england womens cricket team in four one day internationals odis. Steph davis is an american rock climber, base jumper and wingsuit flyer based in moab, utah.
Topics include training, tech tips, stories, and more. Her debut book high infatuation, a collection of her lifeexperiences, was about a dirtbag climber growing within the climbing community in. Her sponsors include prana, clif bar, evolv, msr, and mammut. The life of dedicated rock climber steph davis comes crashing down after her husband makes a controversial climb of a popular utah landmark.
The fallout from what davis dubs the debacle is extreme. Steph davis is a hero because she has done something far harder than all that, something far scarier. The nine things pro climber steph davis needs every day. First, i should mention that, for me, steph davis is incredibly inspiring. Steph davis chased her dreams to the top of a mountain. The diamond was the first place steph was exposed to alpinetype climbing, when she was 24.
In addition to her blog on veganism, animal rights, and simple living at, she has written for climbing and rock and ice. The ultimate list of the 25 best rock climbing books every climber should read. The paperback includes a new epilogue in which davis shares how her husband marios tragic accident has affected her relationship to climbing. Fletcher stephs first dog have all, as base jumping culture puts it, gone in. She is one of the worlds leading climbers, having completed some of the hardest routes in the world.1016 20 1170 1591 1545 334 683 1116 911 1487 1577 1266 592 1283 852 144 418 538 1002 1572 538 489 1573 512 1624 1642 945 838 1512 1427 537 1414 538 64 615 959 1410 341 618 256 371 308 663 370