Steve House

Age: 39, Years climbing: 25, Hometown: Terrebonne, OR, USA, Favorite product: MIURA


Do you clip bolts, plug cams, stack pads, or crush ice?

I can't do all? Well, I don't own pad, and never went bouldering outside. Too dangerous. But what about vanquishing summits?

How long have you been an athlete with La Sportiva?

Since 2003

What are some of your lifetime climbing goals?

Rupal Face of Nanga Parbat. West Face of K2. West Face of Makalu. One down. Two to go.

Do you have a claim to fame?

Having stood on quite a few good summits without trashing the place.

Do you have any vices?

I like a good vodka martini, but I never have one.

What makes you tick as a climber and in the real world?

I'm love being out. I always feel better after a day of climbing than I did before I went. If I was forced to work in a cubicle, I would not have survived.

What drives you to climb? The money? The groupies? The fame? What?

It's in my heart. I couldn't not climb. The rest is a distraction and good for spicing up a rest day.

What is your favorite movie?

I'm not a big movie-guy, but I remember thinking that African Queen was pretty good.

Do you have any nicknames? Explain:

Farmboy. 'Cause I live on a farm. Actually ranchboy would be more accurate since I usually raise a couple steers each year for the meat.

What’s the longest you’ve gone without sleep? Why?

Probably about 70 hours, 60 of which were used to climb the Slovak Direct route on the south face of Denali.

If you had to be named after one of the 50 states, which would it be?

Montana, 'cause it sounds like a far-off place.

What did you have for lunch yesterday?

6 packets of GU.

If you could hook up a thought monitor to your head, would you see pictures, hear words or would music be playing?

Words make me crazy.

What really scares you about climbing?

Getting hurt doing something stupid, like on the approach.

If your life was made into a movie, what would it be called?

Beyond the Mountain, same as my book.

Where would you live if it could be anywhere in the world?

The Baltoro Glacier.

Have no food or have no gasoline?

No gas.

Do you wish you had sexier feet?

Climbers, like men over forty, have the feet (and faces) they deserve.