Bradford Washburn was an explorer, mountaineer,
photographer, cartographer, and former director of the Boston
Museum of Science. Washburn gathered many awards over the course of
his career, including nine honorary doctorates, the Centennial
Award of the National Geographic Society (shared with his wife,
Barbara, the first woman to summit Mount McKinley), and the King
Albert Medal of Merit.
Award-winning writer Lew Freedman has written more than twenty books on sports and personalities in traditional and adventure sports. He has won nearly three hundred journalism awards for his work for the Chicago Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer, and Anchorage Daily News.
""...Washburn looks back on his multifaceted career, which
includes pioneering work in aerial photography in Alaska's
mountains, 13 first ascents of Alaskan peaks and a decades-long
relationship with the National Geographic Society. The
autobiography also offers rare photographs and little-known
anecdotes about Washburn's World War II service and other
"...the mountaineering icon shares tales of his pioneering work in climbing and aerial photography, and anecdotes about famous pals like Amelia Earhart.""
"Park visitors will love reading about one of the last ... explorers and adventurers of the twentieth century. Dr. Bradford Washburn, renowned for his pioneering work in aerial photography in Alaska's mountains, his thirteen first ascents of Alaskan peaks, his devotion to science, and his decades-long relationship with the National Geographic Society..... Washburn is also famed for his meticulous cartography, having mapped Mount McKinley, Mount Everest, and the Grand Canyon. He led the first ascent of the popular West Buttress route on the 20,320-foot Mount McKinley. And for four decades, he's been a major player in leading and developing Boston's Museum of Science. This autobiography also offers rare photographs and little-known anecdotes about Washburn's World War II service, other explorations, and his special partnership with his wife, Barbara."