The North Face Founder Douglas Tompkins Dies at 72
on 09 December 2015
Douglas Tompkins—a non-stop adventurer, prolific conservationist and founder of The North Face—has died on Tuesday at the age of 72 while exploring the Patagonia region of southern Chile. Before founding The North Face, Tompkins spent his days hiking, skiing and climbing mountains—a life he later returned to after selling his stake in the company to focus on his conservation efforts. He spent most of his fortune on roughly 2.2 million acres of pristine lands, protecting them from development. Read more about his life at The New York Times.