For his 14th birthday, Steve “Doom” Fassbinder wanted a backpack, tent and sleeping bag so he could get out in the woods on his own. Armed with a setup from Walmart, he was stoked. “But it didn't take long to figure out that these items were not cut out for long distances or hard use,” he says. Since then he’s honed his system, finding a direct link between pack weight and distance traveled. And he’s embarked on some serious multi-sport adventures equipped with the lightest, most technologically advanced bikes, packrafts, climbing gear and backpacking equipment. “I'm passionate about creative, human powered, low impact travel,” Fassbinder says. “And I want to be proficient at any given sport that I'm participating in. That only comes experientially for me. I can't learn from a book, so I'm motivated to get out there to get better.”
What gets you up in the morning?
Preferably the sun on my face, but if it's an alpine start kind of a day strong coffee is highly effective.
How do you achieve your optimal self?
I'm a constant work in progress. I’m not really goal oriented so much as I'm just motivated overall to get after it on a daily basis.
What are your goals?
I want to be proficient at any given sport that I'm participating in and that only comes experientially for me. I can't learn from a book, so I'm motivated to get out there to get better.
On a given day, what absolute necessities are in your pack?
Necessities: a good rain jacket, a light puffy, small first aid kit, small, serrated knife, and Aqua Mira for making potable water. This stuff goes with me on almost every type of trip that I do.
Extras: old #7… Jack Daniels that is.
What issues are you passionate about and why?
I'm passionate about creative, human powered, low impact travel. For me, this usually involves bikes, packrafts, and sometimes technical climbing objectives.
What sports do you primarily partake in?
Cycling (fat biking), trad climbing, packrafting,
When and why did you join the Hyperlite Mountain Gear team?
After using and loving Hyperlite Mountain Gear products for years, I figured we could have a mutually beneficial relationship and I wrote a letter to Mike St. Pierre.
What’s your favorite piece of Hyperlite Mountain Gear equipment and why?
I use my southwest pack for everything from climbing, biking and pack rafting trips. It's a great balance between lightweight, durable and tough, all in a simple no hassle package.