After graduating high school, Steven enlisted in the Army at 17 years old as an infantryman. He served with the 10th Mountain Division and deployed to northeastern Afghanistan for 13 months in 2010. After getting out of the Army, he began pursuing his interest in the outdoors and started mountaineering. In 2018 he successfully climbed Mt. Logan unguided with Veterans Expeditions. Steven currently lives in San Jose, CA, and is attending school to become a registered nurse, and climbs in the Pacific Northwest as often as possible.