She’s a writer and photographer that just can’t get far enough away from it all! Her favorite things are to escape to an extreme environment, and hang with the locals to learn about their culture, and their point of view. And, if she gets a chance to ski and climb while she’s at it, she’s really happy!  

jan toddler picAuthor of 14 books for children including Vanishing Cultures Series, Parent's Choice Award, CBC Notable Children's Books in Social Studies, American Book Sellers "Pick of the List"

Author of 2 books for adults: Everest Grand Circle, Mountaineers Publishing, and Mother and Child, Inner Traditions Publishing

Member of expeditions to: China, Tibet, Nepal, New Zealand, Australia, Lapland, Amazon Basin, Canadian Arctic, Mongolia, Sahara. Held the women's high altitude skiing record, sponsored by National Geographic.

One of America's best known and articulate spoke's person on mountaineering: appearances on ABC's Good Morning America, NBC's Today, National Public Radio, New York Times, Merv Griffen, Hour Magazine, three adventure films.

Wildreness photographer/writer/lecturer for : Nationa Geographic, Vogue, Esquire, New York Times, various ski and outdoor magazines, photo exhibit at New York's Asia Society, and United Nations

Lectures: IBM, National Geographic, The North Face, Sierra Club, Explorers Club, American Alpine Club, Young Presidents Organization, Nike, Goldwin, jan skiingNational Association for Teachers of English, Central and Eastern European Schools Association, Colleges, Universities, High Schools, Elementary Schools, International Schools around the world

2009-1994 creating books: Mother and Child, Tuti's Play, Living in an Igloo, Leo and the Butterflies, Celebrate! CYCLE OF RICE, CYCLE OF LIFE while raising 2 boys in Vermont, and traveling far and wide with her camera and notebook.

1993-1986: Traveling solo over the Himalaya, Sahara, Amazon Basin, etc. to live with Tuareg, Tibetans, Samiis, Abriginals, Yanomama, Inuit and Mongols to record and research ancient cultures.

1985 Beyond the Summit Expedition: Flew a hot air balloon over Mount Everest, reaching 28,000 feet, setting an altitude record, creating award winning film as a result, FLIGHT OF THE WIND HORSE

1985 Moroccan Adventure: Climbed, and skied off 14,000 foot Toubkal, highest in North Africa on cross country skis, skied sand dunes in Sahara

jan everestCompetitions: Member of U.S. Biathlon Team 1983, 1984, Mountain Man Triathlon Champion 1983, 84, 85

1981-1982 Everest Grand Circle: First circumnavigation of Everest, climbing and skiing always between 17,000 and 24,000 feet. Ascent of Pumori, first winter season climb.

1980 American Friendship Expedition: Climb and ski descent of 25,000 foot Muztagata, Sinkiang China, setting world ski record for women.

1979 Southern Cross Expedition: Crossing New Zealand Alps using cross country gear in the high alpine terrain

1978 B.A. University of Vermont



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