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Steve Swenson

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An audio Moment of Cerebus. Steve Swenson

An Audio Moment Of Cerebus

"Manly" Matt Dow, the Interim Editor of A Moment of Cerebus, calls Cerebus fan Steve Swenson to discuss the NOT original art to the cover of Cerebus #80 that Steve sent Matt. Then they talk for over another hour...--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/appSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/matt-dow/support

1hr 28mins

12 Jul 2020

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Persistence: Steve Swenson

The Firn Line

On today’s episode of The Firn Line, we’ll get to know legendary North American alpinist, Steve Swenson.  Over the course of a climbing career that has spanned a remarkable 50 years, Steve has left a lasting imprint on the world stage of alpinism, from his roots in the Pacific Northwest, all the way to the 7 and 8,000 meter giants of the Himalaya, and the Pakistani Karakoram.His early climbs in the Canadian Rockies, which included an astounding list of classic north faces in the 1970’s, set the stage for other first ascents in Alaska and beyond.But it was Steve’s love for the greater ranges, specifically the Karakoram, that became the biggest alpine pull in his life.  Starting with a number of attempts in the early 80’s on Gasherbrum IV, Steve continually refined his style, and partnerships, to make ascents of giants like K2, Everest, and most-recently, one of the highest unclimbed mountains in the world - Link Sar.I recently got a chance to speak with Steve about his enduring alpine career.  We talked about his early climbs as a youngster growing up in the Pacific Northwest, as well as his new book, Karakoram: Climbing Through the Kashmir Conflict, which was released in 2017 by Mountaineers Books.  We started out by talking about Steve’s inspirations as a kid - and although he didn’t grow up in a particularly adventurous family, it was his curiosity at the local library, that would pique his interest, and set the stage for a life of exploration, and adventure.Music by Evan PhillipsLinks:Steve Swenson (Book)Link Sar (Rock & Ice)The Firn Line (Website)PatreonSponsors:Alaska Rock GymThe Hoarding MarmotDeclination Roasting

1hr 14mins

11 May 2020

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Link Sar with Steve Swenson and Graham Zimmerman

The Cutting Edge

At sunset on August 5, 2019, Steve Swenson, Graham Zimmerman, Chris Wright, and Mark Richey stood on top of Link Sar, a 7,041-meter peak in Pakistan that had resisted numerous attempts dating back to 1979. The successful climb of the southeast face was the culmination of two months of effort by a powerful team of American climbers: two veterans in their 60s, and two of the leading alpinists of today’s younger generation.Our guests for this episode are Steve Swenson, author of the recent book “Karakoram,” about 40 years of climbing in Pakistan, and Graham Zimmerman, the youngest member of the expedition. The two describe this very complex mountain, where just identifying a reasonable line took multiple years of attempts, and their nine-day round trip from base camp, which drew on the deepest reservoirs of every member's strengths.The Cutting Edge is presented by Hilleberg the Tentmaker. This podcast is produced by the American Alpine Club.

1hr 4mins

4 Sep 2019

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GBGBS2e9- Drawings For My Patent; Steve Swenson Talks About His Experience Providing Utility and Design Patent Drawings

The Launch Network

Steve Swenson: Providing Utility and Design drawings for attorneys and Inventors. Why work with me? - Quick turnaround. - Competitive pricing. - No outsourcing. - 7 years patent drawing experience. - Over 25 years of Mechanical Design and Illustration experience. - I am an expert in 3d CAD programs and able to utilize your clients CAD data to save money, and assure that the details are correct. Visit my website for examples and pricing. http://1patentdrawings.com/ The Inventors Launchpad Network – Is proud to present Go Big, Go Bold, Co-Hosted by J.D. Houvener, Registered USPTO Patent Attorney of Bold IP and Carmine Denisco, Managing Partner with Inventors Launchpad. His background in business and experience as an engineer and patent attorney empowers him to clearly communicate to a broad range of inventors about their immediate and long-term needs for patenting in order to protect assets, leverage opportunities, and limit liabilities. If you have any questions on the legal side of your invention then this podcast is sure to help! www.boldip.com This Podcast is brought to you by the Inventors Launchpad Network. www.inventorslaunchpad.com     


8 Feb 2019

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Episode 129: Steve Swenson – Almost an Astronaut.

The Enormocast: a climbing podcast

On Episode 129 of the Enormocast, I sit down with consummate alpinist, Steve Swensen. Steve’s career in the big mountains has spanned decades. As a kid, Steve dreamed of flying to the stars as an Apollo astronaut, but he chose to climb as close to space as possible instead. While he has climbed worldwide, his … Continue reading "Episode 129: Steve Swenson – Almost an Astronaut."

1hr 8mins

23 May 2017

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#139 Authentic exploration with Steve Swenson


Steve Swenson is the former president of the American Alpine Club and a world renowned alpinist. According to fellow Meister Raphael Slawinski, “One of the things that I really admire about Steve, among many, is that he seems to be able to strike this balance between a demanding professional career, a wife and two kids, and climbing at the highest standards out there. He’s a recipient of the Piolet d’or and climbed Everest and K2 without oxygen. The other thing I really enjoy about Steve, although he’s 60, he’s one of the fittest people I know and more than anything he still enjoys climbing like a kid.


25 Jun 2015