Steve Sieberson is an adventurer whose passion for mountains and exotic travel are the subject of his book, The Naked Mountaineer – Misadventures of an Alpine Traveler. His stories recount climbing trips – some successful and others totally botched – to places as varied as Switzerland, Norway, Japan, and Borneo. The quirky and entertaining tales have been published by the University of Nebraska Press and are available from online booksellers and in bookstores everywhere.
Steve was born and raised in farm country in northwest Iowa, but he decided at an early age that he was meant to move west and become a climber. He did so at the age of twenty-seven, after collecting a string of academic degrees in the Midwest and amusing himself by lifeguarding and skydiving. Along the way he worked in construction, journalism, and teaching, and he served as a VISTA volunteer in El Paso County, Texas. Once he settled into life as a lawyer in Seattle, he joined the venerable Mountaineers and learned the joys and challenges of rock craft, glacier travel, and freeze-dried food. He also became a member of Seattle Mountain Rescue, an elite group of climbers dedicated to retrieving their fellow enthusiasts who have suffered mishaps.
As his law practice developed into the field of international financing, Steve managed to drag his climbing gear with him on a number of his business trips, and his solo expeditions provided the incentive he needed to sit through endless hours negotiating and drafting syndicated loan agreements and ship mortgages. These excursions also provided the fodder for The Naked Mountaineer. A quarter century after arriving in Seattle, Steve decided that he was tired of measuring his life in tenths of an hour, and he left private practice for law school teaching. After a year in Slovakia as a Fulbright Scholar, he landed at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, a scant two hours from his Iowa hometown.
Now enjoying academic life but missing his beloved mountains, Steve often gazes at the prairie horizon hoping that those low-lying clouds will turn into snow-covered peaks. When possible, he makes the nine-hour drive to Colorado to tackle the state’s famed Fourteeners or hit the slopes on his Telemark skis and snowboard. He and his wife Carmel also return to Seattle during school holidays to catch up with their three children, four granddaughters, and the latest in overpriced coffee.
Steve and Carmel recently spent a year’s sabbatical in Spain, Britain, Italy, and Mexico, and on returning they were reunited with their Old English Sheepdog, Lucy. Steve is writing a new book on climbing in the British Isles, and he is still trying to decide what to do when he grows up.