About Backpacking Review & Me

Scott-StevensonMy name is Scott Stevenson. I moved to Utah in 2011 after graduating from Boise State University with a Bachelors in Health Science. I had plans to get an MBA and work in hospital administration, but was swept up by the outdoors.

Growing up in Idaho, I have always loved backpacking, hiking and trailrunning, but Salt Lake City opened up an entirely new realm of outdoor activity. What started out as backpacking and hiking has quickly transformed into mountain climbing, rock climbing, traveling, backcountry snowboarding and snowboard mountaineering.

Not too long after moving to Salt Lake, I became hooked on being in the mountains. I was transformed into a completely new person and all I wanted to do was experience nature as often as possible. I began a goal to climb the 50 state high points, and after a few steep exposed peaks I began sport climbing and worked my way into traditional climbing in order to improve my skills as a mountain climber.

I traveled out of the country and climbed mountains. I traveled within the country climbing classic routes. I stayed in Salt Lake and worked on improving my alpine climbing abilities, increasing my physical capabilities and learning new skills for the mountains.

The past two years especially I have been working on being a leader in the mountains. I have strived to educate and train myself in such a way that I feel confident in risk management, weather assessment, terrain navigation, rescue and leadership.

I am now halfway through graduate school, working on a Masters of Science in Public Health. The goal of my studies is to be able to combine work, travel and adventure and make difference in the world of Global Health.

Notable Accomplishments

Technical Alpinism:

Horns of Satan (5.10c | 6 Pitches) Devil’s Castle | Alta, UT
Mountaineer’s Route (5.9 | 8 Pitches) Elephant’s Perch | Sawtooth Mountains, ID
The North Chimney (5.9 | 3 Pitches) Castleton Tower | Castle Valley, UT
Lowe Route (5.8 | 4 Pitches) Lone Peak Cirque | Wasatch Range, UT
Eleveth Hour (5.8 | 4 Pitches) Sundial Peak | Wasatch Range, UT
Open Book (5.7 | 4 Pitches) Lone Peak Cirque | Wasatch Range, UT
CMC Route (5.5 | 5 Pitches) Mount Moran | Teton Range, WY
Upper Exum Ridge (5.5 | 12 Pitches) Grand Teton | Teton Range, WY
Southwest Chute #1 (Easy 5th w/ 5.9 summit block) Thunderbolt Peak | Sierras, CA

Non-Technical Alpinism:

Grau Route (Steep Hike | 19,101ft) El Misti | Peru
Espolón de Oro (Mod Snow | 18,490ft) Pico de Orizaba | Mexico
Ingraham Glacier – Disappointment Cleaver (Mod Snow) Mount Rainier | Cascades, WA
Phantom Peak Trail (Easy 5th Class | 6-8 Pitches) Granite Peak | Beartooth Range, MT

Rock Climbing:

Traditional (Clean Ascents)
Sasquatch (5.9+ | 1 pitch) Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT
Coffin Crack (5.9 | 1 pitch) Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT
Topless Twins (5.9 | 1 Pitch) Red Rocks, Vegas, NV
Crack in the Woods (5.9 | 1 Pitch) Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT
Octupus Garden in the Shade (5.8 | 1 Pitch) Squamish, BC, Canada
Bushwhack Crack (5.8 | 1 Pitch) Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT

Multi Pitch (Clean Ascents)
Squawstruck (5.11- | Pitches 1-8 & 11-14) Rock Canyon, Provo, UT
Unimpeachable Groping (5.10+ | Pitches 1-4) Red Rocks, Vegas, NV
Stiffler’s Mom (5.10- | Pitches 1-3) Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT
Dark Shadows (5.8 | 4 pitches) Red Rocks, Vegas, NV
Birdland (5.7+ | Pitches 1-3) Red Rocks, Vegas, NV
The Standard Thumb (5.7 | 11 Pitches) Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT
Outside Corner (5.7 | 3 Pitches) Big Cottonwood Canyon, UT
Cat in the Hat (5.6 | Pitches 1-3) Red Rocks, Vegas, NV

Traditional (Leads with Falls)
Jolley Rancher (5.10 | 1 pitch ~ 140ft) Indian Creek, UT
SuperCrack of the Desert (5.10- | 1 pitch) Indian Creek, UT
Plumbline (5.10a | 1 pitch) Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT

Sport Single Pitch (Clean Ascents)
Glitter Gulch (5.11b) Red Rocks, Vegas, NV
Suicide Blonde (5.11b) American Fork Canyon, UT
Winky and Waxman Go Bolting (5.11b) Big Cottonwood Canyon, UT
Something Must Break (5.11a) Echo Canyon, UT
Black Monday (5.11a) Big Cottonwood Canyon, UT
The De-Nogginizer (5.11a) Red Rocks, Vegas, NV

Back Country Snowboarding / Splitboarding:

Mount Superior | South Ridge (5.4) –> South Face Descent – Little Cottonwood Canyon
Storm Mountain | Stairs Gulch – Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT
Mount Superior | Suicide Couloir – Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT
Toledo Peak | Toledo Couloir – Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT
Mount Tuscorora | Seagull Couloir – Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT