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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

The North Face Founder Douglas Rainsford Tompkins Passed Away At 72

Douglas Tompkins

His revolutionary dome type designed tent which eliminates the use of a centered pole of a classic A-type was widely copied up to this day, Douglas Tompkins was an innovator and a pioneer of commercial outdoor gears.

Tompkins was an American conservationist, outdoorsman, philanthropist, filmmaker, agriculturalist, and businessman. Tompkins co-founded and ran two companies: the outdoor equipment and clothing company The North Face; and with his then-wife Susie, the Esprit clothing company. Since leaving the business world in 1989, Tompkins was active in various environmental activism and land conservation causes. Along with his wife, Kris Tompkins, he bought and conserved over 2 million acres (810,000 ha) of wilderness in Chile and Argentina, more than any other private individual in the region, thus becoming one of the largest private land-owners in the world. Together, they were focused on park creation, wildlife recovery, ecological agriculture, and activism, with the goal of saving biodiversity.

Once awarded by Latin Trade as the "Environmental Leader of the Year", he died of severe hypothermia after his kayak capsized in General Carrera Lake in Chile.

Douglas Tompkins

The North Face Founder Douglas Rainsford Tompkins (March 20, 1943 – December 8, 2015)

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