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Steven Reneau

  • Climbing School Director 2013


Steve grew up in California in sight of Mt. Tamalpais, where his parents introduced

him to the outdoors and natural history at an early age (with a father trained in

herpetology, bringing lizards, snakes, frogs, and other critters home was a family



Steve with friends, Galapagos Islands, 2008


On his first backpacking trip, a week-long trek in the Sierra at age 13, Steve became

enamored with spending time in the wilderness, far from roads. Solo backpacks

began when he was 15, when he also became fond of remote mountain summits.

After meeting his wife, Peggy, at geology grad school, they moved to Los Alamos in

1988 where he got paid to explore the canyons and mesas of the Pajarito Plateau for

various LANL programs. While in NM, Steve took up cross-country skiing and rock

climbing (graduate of the 2007 LAM Climbing School), and continued hiking and

climbing mountains (he completed summiting the CO 14ers in 2007 and CO’s 100

highest summits in 2011).



Summit of Jagged Mountain, Weminuche Wilderness, CO, 2008


With opportunities for field work at LANL drying up, Steve retired in 2012 to spend

more time enjoying the outdoors.


Ancient Art, Fisher Towers, Utah, 2011


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