The Dirtbag Diaries – Episode 8

The First Time

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If you’ve opened an outdoor magazine in the last three years, you’ve probably read about Steve House. In the last decade, he’s pulled off some incredible ascents in the Canadian Rockies, Alaska and the Himalaya. In process, he’s become the spokesman for a very pure, very elegant climbing style. Like any passionate person, Steve has some strong opinions and he’s ruffled some feathers along the way. One thing is certain though – the man cares deeply about the environment and our wild places. Where does conviction like that come from? For that answer, we’re going to have to look back through the eyes of an 11-year-old boy. Today, as Part Four of our First Time Series, Steve House tells us about the day his pursuit of high places began and very nearly ended.