Doug Tompkins – a man of incredible vision. A warrior for the environment!

Doug Tompkins

Doug Tompkins

Sad news as I was in Aberdeen yesterday that a mountaineering legend had been died in a kayaking accident. Doug Tompkins was one of these men a mountaineer along with Yvon Chounaird in the 60 and 70,s who went on to greater things as a man and environmentalist.   A great mountaineer and conservationist Doug Tompkins was the co – founder of the North Face Clothing has died on a kayaking accident in Chile where he lived. There will be much written about this man but what a life and what a vision he had,

From The North Face

“We are all deeply saddened by the news of Doug Tompkins’ passing. Doug was special to many of us. He founded The North Face in 1966 as a small ski and backpacking retail and mail order operation in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood. He was a passionate advocate for the environment, and his legacy of conservation is one that we hope to help continue in the work we do every day. He most recently visited our headquarters in Alameda, CA in 2013 and again inspired us to live a life of outdoor exploration. He will be missed.”

This is from the BBC news

“The US clothing billionaire Douglas Tompkins has died in a kayaking accident in southern Chile, aged 72.

The North Face and Esprit co-founder died of hypothermia after the kayaks he and five others were in capsized in strong waves, authorities said.

He was taken by helicopter to hospital in Coyhaique but had stopped breathing when he arrived, doctors said.

Mr Tompkins bought up large tracts of land in Chilean and Argentine Patagonia to keep them pristine.

Over 45 years of innovation

‘Legacy of conservation’

A military patrol boat rescued three of the kayakers on General Carrera Lake and a helicopter lifted out the other three, the Chilean army said.

“Doug was a passionate advocate for the environment,” said The North Face in a statement. “His legacy of conservation will help ensure that there are outdoor spaces to be explored for generations to come.”


Please watch this film on u tube and get the insight into one of the most incredible people you may ever meet.

180 South –

Chris Malloy’s film strikes so deeply into the heart of Patagonia’s wilderness we come to feel at home there. 180° South: Conquerors of the Useless follows Jeff Johnson as he retraces the epic 1968 journey of his heroes Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins to Patagonia. Along the way he gets shipwrecked off Easter Island, surfs the longest wave of his life — and prepares himself for a rare ascent of Cerro Corcovado. Its fairly long but what an insight into another world, I loved it . Thanks to Lucy Wallace for her blog and reminding me of it.

and reminding me of this great film, please watch it the interviews and views and thoughts are to me soul searching and life changing?

About heavywhalley.MBE

After dinner speaker Lecturer and Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 36 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 4 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer and loves the wild places.
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