Biography

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don Bowie loves remoteness and adventure, thriving on long approaches, unclimbed routes, and difficult objectives on earth’s highest mountain ranges. Over the past 18 years his climbing endeavors have taken him to Nepal, Tibet, Pakistan, South America, USA, New Zealand, and Baffin Island in Canada. In spring 2011 Bowie embarked on his 14th Himalayan expedition, climbing together with Swiss alpinist Ueli Steck. Following Ueli’s brilliant 20-hour solo of Shishapangma, the pair climbed the West Face of Cho Oyu, and then attempted a fast ascent of Mount Everest via the North Ridge using very light style and no supplemental O2. In 2007 Don successfully climbed the notoriously difficult K2, also without using supplemental O2. A Canadian by birth, Don makes his home in Bishop, California, where he serves as an EMT on the Inyo County Sheriff Search and Rescue Team. He is an avid writer, photographer, filmmaker, lecturer, cyclist, trail-runner, and backcountry skier, among other outdoor pursuits.
 

Expedition Highlights:

2005 Broad Peak (8047m) Karakoram, Pakistan, West Ridge, Solo (to 7800m)
2006 Cho Oyu (8188m) Tibet Himalaya, Polish Ridge variation (to 8000m)
2006 Annapurna (8091m) Nepal Himalaya, East Ridge, new route (to 7300m)
2007 K2 (8611m) Karakoram, Pakistan, new route (to 6800m), Abruzzi Spur (summit)
2008 Annapurna (8091m) Nepal Himalaya, South Face/East Ridge (to 7300m)
2008 unnamed sub-peak (5811m) Hispar, Pakistan, first ascent (summit)
2008 Peak 6250 (6347m) Hispar, Pakistan, second ascent (summit)
2008/9 Broad Peak – winter (8047m) Karakoram, Pakistan, West Ridge (to 7000m)
2009 Gasherbrum III (7952m) Karakoram, Pakistan, North Face, new route (to 7300m)
2010 Gasherbrum I (8068m) Karakoram Range, Pakistan, Japanese Couloir (summit)
2011 Cho Oyu (8,201m) Tibet Himalaya, West Face (summit)
2011 Mount Everest (8848m) Tibet Himalaya, North Ridge (to 8100m)
2012 Annapurna (8091) Nepal Himalaya, North Face/German Ridge, (solo attempt)
2013 Makalu 27,825′ (8,481 m) Nepal Himalaya, West Face, (solo)
2013 Annapurna (8091) Nepal Himalaya, South Face, route TBA

Notable Awards:

Spirit of Mountaineering Commendation, Piolets d’Or, France
Gold Medal of Merit in Sport, Navarre, Spain
Prince of Asturias Award in Sports, Nomination, Spain
Nick Estcourt Award, UK
Shipton-Tillman Award, UK
Mount Everest Foundation Grant, UK
British Mountaineering Council Grant, UK
Best of Explorers Web (2008, 2009), USA

Media Samples:

TV: NBC Sports Special – K2 Shared Summits (2008-2011) Emmy nominated-climber/camera
Film: Pura Vida  (Spain) – (2012) archive camera, climber
Literature: Featured in the Michael Kodas’ book “High Crimes”
Print Media: Alpinist Magazine, Men’s Health (2011)
Radio: NPR Public Radio, KRCC
Appearance: Banff Mountain Film Festival (2009) – film jury member, presenter Grand Prize
Lecture: Festival Alpinismu, Prague, Czech Republic (2010)
Internet: 40+ online video clips and short films – producer, climber, camera
Blog: www.donbowie.com archive: www.calpinist.com