Climber, photographer, and filmmaker Cory Richards accepted the Galen Rowell Award for the Art of Adventure in person this evening at Mountainfilm in Telluride. Administered by the AAC, this award honors an adventurer whose artistic passion illuminates the wild places of the world and whose accomplishments significantly benefit both the environment and the people who inhabit these lands and regions.
Executive Director Phil Powers and AAC member (and past Rowell Award winner) Jimmy Chin presented the award at the Sheridan Opera House on Friday before a special showing of House of Cards, a film about Chin’s ascent of Meru’s Shark’s Fin with Conrad Anker and Renan Ozturk (look for a feature about this ascent in the 2012 American Alpine Journal, out in August).
Richards was not expecting to be present for the ceremony. He fell ill on Everest at the end of April; while disappointed that he had to return home early, Richards was thrilled to be at Mountainfilm this year and to accept the award in person.
“It’s not only special to share adventures, but it’s vital,” Richards said. “We are all a part of the challenges our world is facing—we know what we have to lose.”
In support of conservation and adventure storytelling through film, the American Alpine Club is a Camp II sponsor of Mountainfilm.