Steve House was the initiator of Alpine Mentors, he pitched the concept to Vince Anderson and Eva House in 2011. In 2012 the three founded the non-profit corporation, Alpine Mentors Foundation, which is based in Ridgway, Colorado.
Steve is an accomplished climber himself who believes that shared experience is the best way to empower the next generations of alpinists.
Eva House is the Executive Director of the Alpine Mentors Foundation. A marketing and graphic design professional, she runs her own boutique creative agency.
As a passionate skier and climber, she enjoys being involved in projects that connect her passion and work.
FFA: The cherry tree in her parents yard, 1988.
Vince Anderson and Steve are long-time climbing partners as well as business partners in Skyward Mountaineering. Vince was the first board member of Alpine Mentors and has played a critical role in the ideation and development of the Alpine Mentors program.
Vince is father to three sons, a successful mountain bike stage-racer, and has volunteered as a mentor to the international Alpine Mentors group.
Steve Swenson is the director of the Pacific Northwest Chapter of Alpine Mentors.
Steve House first met Steve Swenson on the West Fork of the Ruth Glacier in 1995. They since climbed together on expeditions in the Alaska and the Karakoram Ranges. Steve S. has been climbing for more than 4 decades all over the world. He did the second ascent of the North Face of Mount Alberta, in 1981; the first ascent of the Northeast Face of Kwangde Nup, in Nepal, in 1989; and the first ascent of the Mazeno Ridge on Nanga Parbat, in 2004. He summitted K2 (1990, via the North Ridge) and Everest (solo, in 1994), both without oxygen. In 2012 he was rewarded with the Piolet d Or for the first ascent of Saser Kangri II.
Steve is a father of two sons and is now retired after working as an engineering consultant for more than 30 years.