A Little About Me

Climb on.


Who is Steph?

I started young. Falling doesn't hurt when you have a diaper on.

I was 7 years old in this photo, wearing my dad's backpack that is loaded for another family adventure into the mountains.

Here I am at 11 yrs old on a 2-week family backpack trip in the Wind Rivers, WY. I'm addicted to mountains for life by this point.

Climbing Liberty Crack (WA), Aug 2009.
On a summit in the Nesakwatch Spires (BC), Aug 2016.
On top of Prusik Peak (WA), Sept 2017.


My name is Steph Abegg:

Northwest Alpinist—Photographer—Rambler—Math Nerd.

For as long as I remember, I have been triply afflicted with an insatiable thirst for adventure, a persistent awe of the natural world, and a need to somehow document the world around me. I feel the most alive when I am in the mountains and outdoors, immersed in God's amazing handiwork.

On my day to day level of existence, I teach math at Western Washington University in beautiful Bellingham, WA. I enjoy my students and I relish the excuse to do math problems all day. My primary goal is that each of my students not only increases his or her knowledge of mathematics, but also gains an appreciation for the subject. I aim to change the “Math is hard and I hate it” to “Math is sort of doable and actually kind of cool."

My website has three primary sections:

Climbing Trip Reports
The bulk of my website is devoted to several trip reports from alpine climbs (and some other adventures) I have done. Mountains have always been a part of my life. My parents met while backpacking in the Olympic Mountains in the summer of 1974, got married within a year, and proceeded to spend much of the 70s and early 80s trekking around Washington's rugged ranges (the photo on the right shows them on the summit of Prusik Peak in 1979). I was born in May 1983, and just three months later they took me on my first overnight (and international!) backpacking trip near Mt. Temple, BC; I was eaten alive by bugs, but reportedly I had a smile on my face the entire time. My first real alpine climb was at the age of 11, when my parents and I climbed Overhanging Tower in the Wind River Range of Wyoming. My technical climbing skills developed during my undergraduate years at Stanford University (class of '06), situated just a few hours from Yosemite. Since then, I have lived numerous days following and continuing my parents' boot tracks, mountaineering and alpine climbing all over western North America and especially in the close-to-home North Cascades of Washington. A serious climbing accident/injury in September 2010 forced me away from climbing for a couple of years, but I am now back with renewed appreciation, wisdom, energy, and strength. Climb on!

One of my hobbies, I suppose, is displaying data in creative ways. My website has a section devoted to some of my recent projects, which include labeled panoramas, route overlays, posters, diagrams, photo comparisons, statistical studies, and more. This has become a unique and surprisingly popular component of my website.

The original intent of this website (which has clearly developed into much more) was to display a collection of some of my photography. I bought my first point-and-shoot digital camera in 2002 and my first DSLR in 2005 (scroll below for more specific info on my camera and lenses). My recent focus has been on aerial photography and night photography. My photography has appeared in various publications, and I sell photos upon request.

You can contact me (Steph) at

Clickable map of climbs I've done

Click on the locations on the map to go to the trip reports for a specific area!

*Note: The links go to my website trip reports, rather than the summitpost versions (scroll below for the list of summitpost versions)

Climbing and Professional Resumes

It is interesting to view my adventures in context of when I did them. My first alpine climb was in 1994 (when I was 11 years old!). My alpine adventuring really picked up pace around 2006 and it has been a chronic affliction ever since. For a complete chronological list of my climbing exploits, go to my Trip Report Chronology.

Also, here is a link where you can download my Resume detailing my academic and professional background. Hire me!

My Story of Recovery from a Tib/Fib Fracture

In September 2010, I suffered a severe tib/fib compound fracture, caused when a rock broke lose while I was climbing Vesper Peak in the North Cascades of Washington. Full of frustrating setbacks and dangerous complications (I nearly lost my foot on two separate occasions), my injury and the resulting recovery was both the most challenging and the most life-enriching mountain I've ever climbed. Click here or on the image below to read my "Recovery Trip Report", a day-to-day account spanning the first year of my recovery.

Photography Equipment

List of my photography equipment (cameras, lenses, remotes, etc.).

Total weight of my backcountry camera gear.

Some of my Climbing, Photo, and Statistical Study Publications

List of my publications.

My Images

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