The Evolution of Climber and BASE Jumper Steph Davis

Jun 4, 2012
Outside Magazine

When Steph Davis turned three, her mother put her on the Suzuki method for learning piano. She practiced every day for 15 years. At 18, during her freshman year of college, she climbed a rock. "The first day I went climbing, like I said, I just felt like this is that thing I don't have when I do music," she says in A Perfect Circle. "And I didn't even get it, but it's passion."

It took Davis a bit longer to throw herself completely into climbing. She graduated from college in three years, earned a master's degree in literature, thought about a Ph.D., and went to law school—for a week—before she realized it was worth giving up everything to live out of a car and climb. Now she lives in Moab and is on a project to climb and BASE jump off the top of the surrounding towers.

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This 26-minute video by 3 Strings Media documents five of Davis's tower climbs and jumps, and maybe, more impressively, her evolution as a person.

For more from Davis, check out her blog at

H/T: Prana

—Joe Spring

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