STEVE GERBERDING has 35 years of professional and technical rock and ice climbing experience. Steve, who in the mid-1990s was a sponsored climber on the official “North Face Climbing Team”, has 112 ascents, including 6 first ascents under his belt on El Capitan in Yosemite National Park since 1983 and is affectionately known to his colleagues as “The King of El Capitan”. He is also known for his many first ascents throughout the world, including ascents of Cerro Torre and Cerro Stanhardt and first ascents of Torre Egger, El Mocho and Poincenot in Patagonia, as well as first ascents in Alaska’s Kichatna Spires. Steve has established many free climbing first ascents in the Western United States up to 5.12 in difficulty, and was a member of YOSAR, Yosemite Search and Rescue.
Widely respected as one of America’s premier wall climbers, having established the hardest climb on El Capitan—The Reticent Wall and El Cap’s only modern A5 climb—Steve is also a talented and accomplished free climber and enthusiastic peak bagger and backpacker. His method of aid climbing is the fastest and most simplified system ever, and Steve has used it to make 37+ one day ascents of El Capitan. This is the same system that is taught to CMG’s students and operators with great success.
A full time instructor at Joshua Tree Rock Climbing School in Joshua Tree, California and a DEVGRU Rock Climbing advisor, Steve has had the pleasure of working with Seal Team Four and the Airforce PJs many times during the past decade. His unassuming character and easy laid back approach to climbing and instructing is invaluable as he patiently demonstrates techniques and instills the fundamentals of rockcraft in his students.
Steve is so respected by members of DEVGRU that he has been presented with two American flags, which were carried into battles during Operation Enduring Freedom, the official name used by the US government for the ongoing war in Afghanistan