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Learning to Fly

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Learning to Fly is a memoir about adventure, transformation, fear, love, letting go and quite simply, learning how to fly. For half my life, my world revolved around climbing. I dropped out of law school to live in a truck with my dog and migrated from one climbing area to another, from Yosemite to the Arctic Circle. I became a professional climber and eventually married my longtime climbing partner. It was a life of pure adventure, and nothing about it was safe. When my marriage and my career unraveled simultaneously, I found myself slipping into a downward spiral of anxiety, fear and loss of faith as my world fell apart around me.
A longtime believer in the concept of “joy at sudden disappointment,” I was frustratingly unable to apply my spiritual beliefs to what was actually happening in my life. More disturbingly, I lost the ability to simply trust. Climbing became an intensely solo and bizarrely emotionless experience, without a rope and without a partner, a practice of ultimate self reliance with death consequence. In an effort to feel something, I plunged into free fall, learning to skydive from airplanes. I discovered a new community of unconventional personalities and immersed myself in wingsuit flight and base jumping, traveling from Boulder, Colorado to the Eiger. My beloved dog Fletch got older and passed on, I grew from a beginner skydiver to a competent base jumper, rediscovered my joy in climbing and unexpectedly found new love – learning once again that letting go is the meaning of life.
If you’re drawn to explore the inner world of self or you’re curious about the wild places and wild characters of climbing/skydiving/base jumping, or if you’ve ever truly loved a dog, I hope this story will have meaning for you. If it does, I hope you’ll let me know!
~ Steph Davis, prAna Ambassador
Learning to Fly will be released on April 2, 2013.
Pre-order the book
Hear Steph speak about Learning to Fly and get your copy signed this April in Moab, Salt Lake City, Boulder or Denver
Check out Steph’s first book, High Infatuation – “High Infatuation is partly a history of growing up in the climbing world, partly a book of adventure tales, but mostly an effort to figure out how things fit together. To me, climbing’s always been about a lot more than just climbing.”
Learn more about Steph