10 Essential Questions: Steven Yi

Meet Steven Yi, a climb-leader and photographer who finds adventure in remote and challenging places. Oh, and he's hilarious.
Kristina Ciari Kristina Ciari
December 04, 2015

Each week we bring you a personal story from one of our members. For our member profile this week we talked to ....

Name: Steven Yi
Hometown: Armonk, NY
Member Since: January 2009
Occupation: Software Product Management & Marketing
Favorite Activities: Rock climbing, mountaineering, backcountry skiing, scrambling, hiking, running, and photography

10 Essential Questions

How did you get involved with The Mountaineers?

After climbing Rainier with a guide, I got the climbing bug and took the Basic Climbing class in 2009, then the Intermediate program and became a climb leader in 2011.

What motivates you to get outside with us?

I've made many friendships and special memories climbing with other Mountaineers. I enjoy watching the excitement of new climbers on their first climbs, and also help them develop more advanced skills.

What's your favorite Mountaineers memory?

Climbing the North Ridge of Mt. Stuart. When I first started climbing I thought it was an unattainable goal or only for people who were slightly nuts. We bivied on the ridge and watched an amazing sunset while massive blocks of ice tumbled off the nearby Stuart glacier.

Who/What inspires you?

Jimmy Chin - the ultimate hardcore climber and amazing photographer. I ask people to call me "Double Chin".

You can check out my photos at: http://blog.stevenyi.com.

What does adventure mean to you?

Going somewhere remote and challenging myself physically and mentally.

Lightning Round

Sunrise or sunset? Other: Full Moon. Awrrooooo!
Smile or game face? Other: Blue Steel.
Superpower? Climb like Chris Sharma but with a dad-bod physique. Burp.
Post-adventure meal of choice? I dare myself to eat gas-station hot dogs and tell myself I cheated death.
If you could be a rock star at any outdoor activity overnight, what would it be? I would be a yoga master, and annoy all my friends on Facebook by posting thousands of pictures of me wrapping my feet behind my head on mountain summits.

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