The Naked Mountaineer: Misadventures of an Alpine Traveler

The Naked Mountaineer: Misadventures of an Alpine Traveler

The Naked Mountaineer: Misadventures of an Alpine Traveler

The Naked Mountaineer: Misadventures of an Alpine Traveler


The Naked Mountaineer recounts a series of solo journeys to some of the world's most exotic peaks in places such as Switzerland, Japan, and Borneo. However, it is far from the typical heroic mountain-expedition book. Although Steve Sieberson did reach many summits, in most cases his travels were more memorable for what he encountered along the way than for the actual climbing. His real adventures involved peculiar people, strange foods, and tropical diseases, rather than pitons, ice axes, and carabiners. On the Matterhorn he met an English alpinist who reveled in naked selfies, he stumbled into a cockfight in a Balinese village, and on a volcano in Italy he was mistaken for a famous singer by an insistent fan.

The Naked Mountaineer offers mountain-themed travel stories with a wide-eyed view of the world, while presenting irreverent commentary on climbers and their peculiar sport. These are rollicking tales, filled with the unexpected.


People come at mountains in many different ways. We pay a lot of attention to Himalayan expedition mountaineers and extreme climbers who push the edges of what is possible on vertical rock and ice. Some of these folks are sponsored by outdoor companies, so they are actually paid to climb. Others, like me, have been lucky enough to make a living as professional guides. We get to spend our time climbing and introducing our clients to the sport. and then there are the folks who climb as much as possible without getting paid, often taking odd jobs and living as cheaply as possible. They might be called climbing bums, but really they are productive, talented, good people who live as they please and contribute a lot to mountaineering.

Steve Sieberson is a climber who takes a still different approach. He has had a rewarding career in law and academia, and he hasn’t spent as many days in the high country as some of us, but he is a mountaineer through and through. He shares our love of the ranges and our spirit of adventure — it’s just that he balances his climbing with other important things in his life.

When Steve contacted me to ask if I would write a foreword for this book, I didn’t hesitate for a second. We had never met, but as I saw it, this was a chance for me to support the sport I

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