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Life Lived Wild: An Afternoon of Stories with Legendary Adventurer, Rick Ridgeway


Honored by National Geographic with its “Lifetime Achievement in Adventure” award, Rick Ridgeway calculates that he has spent over five years of his life sleeping in tents. Those nights taught him to “distinguish matters of consequence from matters of inconsequence” throughout the rest of his life. From the 1976 American Bicentennial Everest Expedition to the 1978 expedition to K2, Ridgeway reflects on his journey from outdoor adventurer to unlikely environmental activist. Spend an afternoon of storytelling with Ridgeway and celebrate the launch of his memoir Life Lived Wild: Adventures at the Edge of the Map. Book signing to follow. 

Books are available for purchase at Bowers Gallery Store

Location: Norma Kershaw Auditorium | onsite lecture and book signing

Ticketed Onsite Event: Member $20 | General $30 | Advanced reservations are strongly encouraged.

Recorded Online Screening: Member $10 | General $15 | Online version will be emailed to ticketholders one week after the onsite event. Please note that the virtual lecture is not live and will not be available for viewing on 5/15. PURCHASE ONLINE TICKETS

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PHOTO CREDIT: © John Roskelley

Photo License is limited to editorial PR for the promotion of Patagonia Book “Life Lived Wild” only.


CAPTION: On the summit of K2, September 1978, the first American ascent and first ascent without oxygen.


RICK RIDGEWAY is an outdoor adventurer, writer and advocate for sustainability and conservation initiatives.

For 15 years, Rick was the VP of Environmental Affairs and then VP of Public Engagement at Patagonia, Inc. During his tenure he has worked with teams to develop and launch environmental and sustainability initiatives including Freedom to Roam, the Footprint Chronicles, the Responsible Economy Campaign and Worn Wear. He also was founding chairman of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, developer of the Higg Index and today the largest apparel, footwear and home textile trade organization in the world.

In addition, Rick is recognized as one of the world’s foremost mountaineers. With three companions, he was the first American to summit K2, and he has done other significant climbs and explorations on all continents. He has written seven books, many magazine stories and produced and directed dozens of television shows. His memoir Life Lived Wild will be released in October 2021. National Geographic honored him with its “Lifetime Achievement in Adventure” award.

Rick serves on six boards of conservation organizations, including the Tompkins Conservation, the Turtle Conservancy, One Earth and the Kiewit Family Foundation.

Rick lives in Ojai, California, and has three children and four grandchildren.

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May 15, 2022 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm


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