Join us Wednesday evening, September 6, for a Draper After Dark event: a presentation and book signing by outdoor adventurer, writer, and sustainability advocate Rick Ridgeway, who discusses and then signs copies of his book, Life Lived Wild: Adventures at the Edge of the Map. Ridgeway will be introduced by Yellowstone Migrations photographer Joe Riis, who also joins Rick for a discussion and Q & A following the presentation.
Doors for this event open at 6 p.m. for a reception and meet and greet with Ridgeway and Riis, who will also be available to sign copies of their books—Ridgeway’s Life Lived Wild and Riis’s Yellowstone Migrations. The books will both be available for purchase. The Center of the West’s Points West Market also has copies available for advanced purchase on its website; click here to purchase yours.
For fifteen years, Rick Ridgeway was the Vice President of Environmental Affairs and then Vice President of Public Engagement at Patagonia, Inc. During his tenure he has worked with teams to develop and launch environmental and sustainability initiatives including Freedom to Roam, the Footprint Chronicles, the Responsible Economy Campaign, and Worn Wear. He also was founding chairman of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, developer of the Higg Index and today the largest apparel, footwear, and home textile trade organization in the world.
Ridgeway is also recognized as one of the world’s foremost mountaineers. With three companions, he was the first American to summit K2, and he has done other significant climbs and explorations on all continents. He has written seven books and many magazine stories, and has produced and directed dozens of television shows. National Geographic honored him with its Lifetime Achievement in Adventure award, as well as The 2022 Explorers Club Medal and their Lowell Thomas Award.
In corporate sustainability, Ridgeway is an emeritus board member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition and on the board of its for-profit arm, HiggCo. In conservation, he serves on the boards of Tompkins Conservation, the Turtle Conservancy, One Earth, and the Kiewit Family Foundation. He lives in Ojai, California, and has three children and four grandchildren.
Joe Riis is an independent photojournalist, filmmaker, and naturalist. Trained as a biologist, Joe has worked as a wildlife storyteller for the past fifteen years.
Riis is known for his pioneering documentation of animal migrations in the West, through which he aims to give migratory animals a visual voice in our human culture. His current Yellowstone Migrations fieldwork focuses on highlighting behavior and rhythms through long-term field study and cinema. Joe has received photography and film accolades for his work.
This event is generously sponsored by Sunlight Sports, the Bobby Model Charitable Fund, Sage Creek Ranch, Greg Moga III, Draper Natural History Museum, the Nancy-Carroll Draper Charitable Foundation, Exploration Connections, and Patagonia.