Doug Tompkins was always an adventurer. Instead of college, the North Face founder skied and climbed throughout Colorado, Europe and South America. Along with good friend, Yvon Chouinard, he drove a van from California to Southern Chile, skiing, climbing and surfing the entire way. He was a skilled whitewater kayaker, opening up many Sierra gems.
And sadly—or perhaps, fittingly—adventure is how Tompkins met his end when, according to his website, he capsized in his kayak on General Carrera Lake in Patagonia.