Steph Davis

Steph's resume of climbing achievements spans 25 years. She was the first woman to free climb the Salathe Wall on El Capitan, and the second woman to free climb El Cap in under 24 hours. She has established first ascents around the world, of dicult rock climbs and high altitude mountains from Yosemite to the Karakorum. Few climbers practice the high risk style of free solo climbing, using no ropes or protective gear. Steph is the most accomplished female free soloist in the world and is also one of world's top wingsuit base jumpers. She is one of just a few people in the world, and the only woman, combining free solo climbing with base jumping. From an unusual start as a classically trained pianist with a Master's degree in literature, Steph chose to leave law school in order to pursue climbing full time. She has become one of the most successful professional climbers in the world. Steph has written two memoirs, High Infatuation and Learning to Fly, and curates a blog at with a focus on community, health and wellness, simple living and travel. She owns and operates Climb2Fly Productions in Moab, Utah, a climbing and base jumping stunt company.

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The Sky is Not The Limit

We are all asked to do impossible things–“impossible” often just means you haven’t figured it out yet. Pushing past the edge is what Steph Davis does on a daily basis: she climbs mountains and flies off them in a squirrel suit.

Steph shares her story of following a simple passion for climbing rocks to becoming an icon in the extreme sports world.  She offers tools we can all use to take on big problems, to work through fear and to manage risk. 

Steph’s message of facing challenge with humility, focus and determination is accompanied by jaw-dropping imagery that will take your group out of the conference room and to the highest peaks around the world, and will inspire everyone to rethink the meaning of “impossible”.  

Format: multimedia keynote presentation, 45 minutes with option for Q&A.

Learning to Fly - Lessons From the Air

Embracing Change, Managing Risk and Fear. In today’s ever changing world, businesses and individuals are faced with a constant stream of information, choices and change. The traditional pathways to success are also changing, as are perceptions of risk, sustainability and achievement. Extreme experiences are a compelling metaphor for life and work. Steph speaks on the lessons she’s learned in the mountains and in the air as a professional climber and wingsuit pilot, and in choosing a highly nontraditional career path. The audience will take away Steph's tools for: • Managing change • Embracing failure • Understanding risk and fear • Cultivating adaptability • Preparing for opportunity Audiences are encouraged to view their own challenges through a new lens, recognizing the power of adversity and evolution, and the value of crafting an uncommon life.

Collaborating With Fear

Getting comfortable with being uncomfortable: learning to rename fear and use it to move forward.

Extreme Risk Management

Lessons from the most high commitment sports: free solo climbing and wingsuit BASE jumping: how you can manage risk, deal with loss and embrace growth through discipline and calculated risk.

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Featured Book

Learning to Flyby Steph Davis

Learning to Fly

by Steph Davis
Traces the story of the first woman to free climb the Salathe Wall in Yosemite, describing how her husband's controversial climb and related media fallout compromised her marriage and prompted her transition to skydiving.

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Featured Articles & Resources

Wingsuit Base Jumper Steph Davis | Holding On and Letting Go

When pro climber and Base jumper Steph Davis lost her husband in a wingsuit crash, she considered giving up on everything. In the last chapter of her new memoir, Davis...
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Yes, You Can Learn to Be Brave

Of all the personal transformations we seek, perhaps the most elusive is the quest to become brave. Courage is too often thought of as a special commodity possessed by a chosen...
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