|Galen and Barbara Rowel
Photo courtesy Frans Lanting
The Rowell Award for the Art of Adventure honors that adventurer whose artistic passion illuminates the wild places of the world, and whose accomplishments significantly benefit both the environment and the peoples who inhabit these lands and regions.
This $15,000 annual cash award was established by The Rowell Legacy Committee composed of friends, business associates and admirers of the late Barbara and Galen Rowell. The award will be presented to an individual selected by a panel of active and influential members of the outdoor adventure world.
The award was announced in May 2004 at the first annual Rowell Lecture, held in San Francisco's Fairmount Hotel. The lecture, Crossing Tibet's Chang Tang Plateau, was co-sponsored by the Commonwealth Club of California and drew a crowd of nearly 500. World-renowned mountaineers and adventurers Conrad Anker and Rick Ridgeway showed slides and video of an epic, 275-mile unsupported trek. They were the first to document the birthing grounds of the chiru, an endangered wild Tibetan antelope.
We invite you to become a supporter of this award. Yosemite Fund has graciously offered to provide an office and staffing for the award. Contributions to the Rowell Legacy Fund will be deposited to a separate account and administered by the Rowell Legacy Committee with professional financial assistance provided by the Yosemite Fund. Contributions to the Rowell Legacy Fund are tax-deductible. Please make checks payable to Rowell Legacy Fund /Yosemite Fund, and send care of The Yosemite Fund, 155 Montgomery St., Suite 1104, San Francisco, CA 94104. Donations will be used to fund the Rowell Award for the Art of Adventure.