2014

Choosing to Fly

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. We can decide between allowing things to weigh us down or we can decide to fly. Steph Davis is a professional climber, known for her free ascents of El Capitan, testpiece cracks in the Moab desert, and her numerous alpine ascents in South America, the Karakorum and the Arctic. She was the first woman to free climb the Salathe Wall on El Capitan, and the second woman to free El Cap in a day. She made the first one day ascent of Torre Egger in Patagonia, and was also the first woman to summit the peak. Steph is the only woman to free solo the Longs Peak Diamond and was the first person to free solo the North Face of Castleton Tower (followed by a BASE jump from the summit). Steph is also an avid BASE jumper and wingsuit pilot. A member of the elite Squirrel team, she is one of just a few people in the world, and the only woman, to be combining free soloing with BASE, and has made a specialty of climbing and jumping desert towers in the Utah desert. Steph has written two books, High Infatuation and Learning to Fly, and she blogs at highinfatuation.com. She owns and operates Moab Base Adventures in Moab, Utah, a base jumping and climbing guide service. About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)