Steve Sieberson is an adventurer and writer whose new book, Low Mountains or High Tea – Misadventures in Britain’s National Parks, continues his work as an author of humorous and entertaining tales of exploration in far-flung places.
Born and raised in farm country in northwest Iowa, Steve decided at an early age that he was meant to move west and become a climber and explorer. 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, 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, a group of accomplished climbers who volunteer their time to aid their fellow enthusiasts in the high country.
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 loan agreements and ship mortgages. These excursions also provided the fodder for his first book, The Naked Mountaineer – Misadventures of an Alpine Traveler.
A quarter century after arriving in Seattle, Steve decided he was tired of measuring his life in tenths of an hour, and he left private practice for law school teaching. As luck would have it, the university job market drew him to Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, a scant two hours from his Iowa hometown. As a professor, he specializes in international subjects such as human rights, cross-border business transactions, and the European Union.
Now enjoying academic life but missing his beloved mountains, Steve returns to the Seattle area with his wife Carmel during school breaks to catch up with their three children and five young grandchildren. In winter he still straps on his Telemark skis and snowboard wherever he can find a hill. The rest of the time he gazes at the prairie horizon, pretending those low-lying clouds are snow-covered peaks.
Steve is writing a new book, a fictional account of growing up in the 1960s in a strict religious community. He is enjoying the extended nostalgia trip, but at times he wonders who he is and when he will grow up.