David Brower: Preeminent Environmentalist With an Enduring Legacy

David Ross Brower (1 July 1912 – 5 November 2000) was among the most prominent environmentalists of his time – truly, one of the few who walked the talk for Mother Earth. He was, after all, the founder of several environment-oriented organizations that continue their work to this day including the John Muir Institute for Environmental Studies, Earth Island Institute, League of Conservation Voters, Friends of the Earth, Fate of the Earth Conferences, and North Cascades Conservation Council. He was also a three-time board member of the Sierra Club aside from being its first Executive Director.

His passion for environmental conservation and preservation stemmed from his passion for mountaineering. He was also an accomplished mountaineer with 32 first ascents on the High Sierra range with his conquests including Mouth Tyndall, Mount Barnard, and Mount Williamson, among others. He also made multiple first winter ascents of the Sierra Nevada peaks as well as the remarkable ascent on Shiprock, which was known as the last great climbing problem in America.

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