Sports: Rock climbing, BASE jumping
Highlights: Second woman to free climb El Capitan in one day in 2003; first woman to free climb the Salathé Wall in 2005; climbed Concepcion, one of the hardest pure crack climbs in the world in 2008
Quote: "I landed in a green field which turned out to be the garden of some elderly Italians who didn't speak English, and they came running out and invited me and my husband and friends (as they landed) to join them for espresso."
Fact: Davis dropped out of law school and lived in her car for 7 years, driving around to climbing areas and waiting tables for cash.
Record holder for fastest woman to solo-climb the Salathe Wall El Capitan in Yosemite and to summit Torre Egger in Patagonia, Steph Davis is truly talented. She is also an expert BASE jumper, scholar and accomplished writer having published High Infatuation: A Climber’s Guide to Love and Gravity, a book about high-risk climbing and her personal relationship with the sport. When asked why she climbs, she said, “The short answer is, ‘Because I love it.’ But there’s so much more… connecting deeply with friends and with the natural world, challenging my notions of what’s possible, living life as intensely and as simply as I can.”