Steve Schneider learned to rock climb as a child, taught by his dad Walt. By the time he was 12 years old, Steve could tie a bowline behind his back or blindfolded in under five seconds. Steve's fascination with knots led him to join the Yosemite Search and Rescue Team in his early twenties, where he served on the prestigious team for ten years. While a member, Steve performed everything from bigtime rescues on El Capitan, to extended searches in the high country, to risky helicopter short hauls with packaged patients.
For the last fifteen years, Steve has served as the primary rigger for the vertical dance troupe Project Bandaloop. His travels with "the Loop" has seen him rig the Vasco de Gama building at the 1998 World Fair in Lisbon, the Seattle Space Needle in 1999 and 2000, and the Ed Sullivan Theatre building for the Late Show with David Letterman in November 2004. Steve's efforts have been especially crucial to Bandaloop during Peregrin Dreams-a six day ascent and dance on the Shield route of El Capitan, Luminescent Flights-an dance installation for quartet over 2500 feet above the floor of Yosemite and featured on the cover of the September 2000 issue of Smithsonian magazine, and Crossing-in which 8 dancers were rigged at two thirds height on the 900' Wildcat Point for the TV show 20/20.
His extended stint of ten years of Yosemite Search and Rescue, combined with his fifteen years of rigging and theatre work with Project Bandaloop give him a unique background in rigging in which he is especially comfortable with performers doing high aerial work, and the safety mechanisms involved throughout these systems.
Steve's freelance rigging credits include prop rigging for the TV Show Nash Bridges, and
Safety coordinator for filming of blind climber Erik Weinmayer's ascent of El Capitan in association with Mountain Travel/Sobek.