When we look around at the Southeastern climbing crags, barely a cliff has remained untouched by Shannon Stegg.

An explorer and pioneer at heart, a loving father, mentor to hundreds of climbers, young and old – Shannon Stegg was a real life legend and a force of nature.

Jamestown, Sand Rock, Yellow Bluff, Boat Rock, Tallulah Gorge and Yellow Creek all have felt his presence as he explored and helped put these climbing areas on the map.

You cannot pick up a climbing guide to this region without seeing his name repeatedly as a first ascentionist and early explorer.

Ice climber, mountaineer and old school ground up traditional climber. Shannon was cut from a different cloth.

Shannon has passed on to the other side but his presence is still felt. We know that he has joined up with climbing friends Jim Okel and Jerry Roberts for his next big climbing adventure.

– Words by Brad McLeod

Shannon Stegg was an active member southeastern climbing. He loved preserving and had a passion for conservation in the climbing community.

A Celebration Of Life For Shannon will be held on January 7th at Tallulah Gorge State Park.

Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

We are honored to share in Shannon’s Celebration of Life organized by his daughter, Chelsey and are grateful that Shannon’s legacy will continue to contribute to the land and rocks he loved.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate any funds for the celebration of life (food, beverages, etc) to celebrate Shanon’s legacy. The family has generously decided to contribute the remainder of the proceeds to SCC and Carolina Climbers Coalition.

Rest in the mountains Shannon.