Meet the Gear Testers: Steve Howe

If you're looking for experience in the outdoors, Steve Howe is your man.

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Steve Howe

Backpacker Rocky Mountain Editor

Torrey, UT


Boot Size: 9.5 Wide

Torso Legth: 17”

Jacket Size: M

Steve Howe has been an active hiker, backpacker, climber, skier and whitewater kayaker for 45 years. He has been a Backpacker Field Editor since 1991.

During his career Howe has telemarked off 20,000-foot Andean peaks, filmed solo on Denali, spent six weeks solo above the Arctic Circle, and undertaken numerous three-week assignment thru-hikes for Backpacker.

Prior to his magazine career, Howe worked 13 years in outdoor retail stores as a salesperson, bike and ski mechanic, and hardgoods buyer before moving into TV consulting and videography, and finally magazine editing, writing, and photography.

Howe currently owns and operates Redrock Adventure Guides, a backpacking and canyoneering guide service based in Torrey, southern Utah, just outside Capitol Reef National Park.