After a kayaking accident on Tuesday afternoon, December 8, Douglas Tompkins, a long-time adventurer, climber, conservationist and founder of The North Face, died in southern Chile’s Patagonia region. Tompkins was paddling with Rick Ridgeway, Patagonia vice president and part of the first American team to summit K2; Jib Ellison, river guide and Blue Skye founder; Weston Boyles, Rios to Rivers founder and conservationist; and Lorenzo Alvarez, owner of adventure travel outfitter Bio Bio Expeditions. The group was kayaking in Lago General Carrerra, a large lake that straddles the Chile-Argentina border. Yvon Chouinard, long-time climber and Patagonia founder, was fishing on the shoreline. About 11 in the morning, high winds and nine-foot waves capsized a two-person kayak carrying Ridgeway and Tompkins, setting the men adrift in the lake’s Avellano sector.
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