Steve Bell started climbing in his home county of Devon in the mid-1970s, rapidly progressing to the Alps, Alaska, and the Himalaya, notching up ascents of numerous hard routes including the North Face of the Eiger when he was only twenty. Later he joined the British Antarctic Survey and served a short service commission with the Royal Marines Commandos.
In 1987 Steve joined Bristol climber Steve Berry to set up Himalayan Kingdoms, a trekking and mountaineering company which pioneered the concept of commercial expeditions in the UK. A qualified mountain guide, Steve led the UK's first guided ascents of a 7000m peak in 1989, an 8000m peak in 1991, and Everest in 1993. Himalayan Kingdoms was later demerged to form Steve Berry’s Mountain Kingdoms and Steve Bell’s Jagged Globe. After leading expeditions to all seven continental summits, Steve emigrated to Australia in 2004. He lives on the Fleurieu Peninsula just south of Adelaide with his wife, Rossy, with whom he shares seven children and two grandchildren. He is a writer and public speaker, and he regularly blogs