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29Galen Rowell

Photographer’s Forum, November 1991

Galen Rowell (1940–2000) was a well-known adventurer-photographer who devoted his life to wilderness exploration and photography. Rowell made journeys to the mountains of Tibet, Nepal, Pakistan, China, Africa, Alaska, Siberia, New Zealand, and Patagonia, and participated in major expeditions to Mount Everest, K2, and Gasherbrum II. He made one-day ascents of Mount McKinley in Alaska and Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, as well as first ascents of Himalayan peaks such as Cholatse, Great Tango Tower, and Lukpilla Brakk. Rowell also made the highest complete ascent and descent of a mountain on skis on Mustagh Ata, as well as a 285-mile winter traverse of Karakoram Himalaya.

As he wrote, “My interest ...

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