Steve Swenson is the former president of the American Alpine Club. According to fellow Meister Raphael Slawinski, “One of the things that I really admire about Steve, among many, is that he seems to be able to strike this balance between a demanding professional career, a wife and two kids, and climbing at the highest standards out there. He’s a recipient of the Piolet d’Or, climbed everest and k2 without oxygen. The other thing I really enjoy about Steve, although he’s 60, he’s one of the fittest people I know and more than anything he still enjoys climbing like a kid."
Exploration is not a specific goal. The attributes of exploration have more to do with doing something you've never done before and you don't know what's going to happen.
The big problem when climbing a big, technical mountain face is: how are you going to spend the night? Portaledges don't work for alpine faces because you aren't hauling and they are too heavy. The Richey Ice Hammock is a simple, large piece of nylon that can be anchored against a face of a mountain. As the climber chops a ledge, the ice hammock catches the ice debris and quickly creates a ledge. This method requires only half the amount of ice to create an equal sized ledge.