An interview with Banff Mountain Literature Award winner Steve House
Leading alpinist Reinhold Messner once called Steve House “the best high altitude climber in the world today.” That’s no small praise coming from the first man to solo the summit of Everest without oxygen.
In his late 30s House has had a distinguished career ascending the most challenging routes on many of the highest mountains in the world. Just after the release of his new memoir Beyond the Mountain House shared his thoughts on his earliest days in the sport.
Yellowstone National Park~
As a nature photographer, photographing wildlife is common. It was an encounter with a family of otters that made this trip memorable. We saw these otters working their way down a creek and we anticipated where they were going and set up. Luck was on our side as the whole family came so close that I was unable to photograph them. As a photographer, sometimes just being there is enough, as I will always remember watching their interaction with each other without pressing the shutter release...
“You can gain more friends by being yourself than you can by putting up a front. You can gain more friends by building people up than you can by tearing them down. And you can gain more friends by taking a few minutes from each day to do something kind for someone, whether it be a friend or a complete stranger. What a difference one person can make!”
Sasha Azevedo ~ American Actress, Athlete and Model (1978- )
Photograph by Christopher J. Carter...
Madison, WI 5:30 CST
Dane County Regional Airport, Gate 12
En route to Banff, Alberta Canada by way of Chicago, Seattle, Calgary
I love to travel. I’m heading west today to cover the Banff Mountain Film Festival. Five days of adventure movies, literature and lectures in the Canadian Rockies. Who could ask for more?
The bustle of airports and long car rides suit me like a second skin. Aside from paying $15 for a checked bag that used to be free and the preflight strip search, the only thing that inevitably gets me a bit crazed is the anxiety I feel when I’m packing. I’m always afraid that I’ve forgotten something, a mission critical document, piece of clothing or equipment whose absence will spoil the flavor of my Joy Trip.
"Here is a classic example of observing wildlife and learning their behaviors. In Yellowstone I would often see coyotes hunting voles in the fields. Each one would have a different stalk, approach and leaping technique. After watching, I could learn their behavior and anticipate when they would get ready to pounce. It was amazing the success rate they had."
This photograph and advice from Chris Gibbs