NOLS résumé: Wilderness Advanced First Aid, Mount Baker Expedition Denali Training Trip

Stephen Shobe is the Managing Director of Pioneer Climbing Expedition (PCE), whose goal is to be the first African-American team to climb the Seven Summits: Aconcagua (Argentina), Elbrus (Russia), Everest (Nepal), Kilimanjaro (Tanzania), Denali (Alaska), and the Vinson Massif (Antarctica).

Stephen’s thirst for adventure started at an early age, when he found himself searching the labyrinth of subterranean caves, which turned out to be open storm drain construction sites, with candles and flashlights in hand. At the age of 16, he was an advanced scuba diver certified by multiple agencies, fought fires for the U.S. Forest Service, and eventually learned to fly helicopters. Fast forward to 1989 when Stephen’s thirst for the exploration of the vertical world began. His interest in climbing was sparked quite by accident when he saw others taking a class and wondered if he could do what they were trying to do. As it turned out, he could.

Stephen’s climbing ability and expertise has gained international attention. As a result, he was employed by the French government as a technical climbing instructor for The Corsican Mountaineering Team. With Stephen at the helm, PCE has successfully completed three of the Seven Summits: Aconcagua, Elbrus, and Kilimanjaro. The team has yet to summit Denali.