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.
‘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.