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David A. Sowles Memorial Award

AwardsHeader.jpgDavid A. Sowles was killed at the age of 29 in a tragic accident during a lightening storm in the Alps on August 4, 1963. He was considered a mountaineer's mountaineer. He climbed with grace, style, and elegance matched only by the professional guides. He moved swiftly, always safely, and with the utmost consideration for the welfare of his companions. The David A. Sowles Memorial Award was established in 1981. It is conferred from time to time on mountaineers who have distinguished themselves, with unselfish devotion at personal risk or sacrifice of a major objective, in going to the assistance of fellow climbers imperiled in the mountains. It is dedicated to the memory of David A. Sowles.

  • Peter Hackett Awarded: 2013
  • Pemba Gyalje Sherpa Awarded: 2009
  • Charlie Sassara & Jack Tackle Awarded: 2003
  • Simone Moro, Tap Richards, Jason Tanguay, Dave Hahn, A Awarded: 2002
  • Richard French Wilcox, Jr. & Mountain Rescue Service Awarded: 1999
  • Elizabeth H. White Awarded: 1998
  • Anatoli Boukreev (Deceased) Awarded: 1997
  • Pete Athans Awarded: 1997
  • Todd Burleson Awarded: 1997
  • Ed Viesturs Awarded: 1994
  • Ed Webster Awarded: 1994
  • Paul Doherty Awarded: 1992
  • Harry McDade Awarded: 1992
  • John Martin Petroske Awarded: 1990
  • Steven Rouss Awarded: 1988
  • Jenny Lake Rangers of the Grand Teton National Park Awarded: 1986
  • Eiho Otani Awarded: 1985
  • James Wickwire Awarded: 1985
  • Kim Momb Awarded: 1985
  • Jack R. Durrance M.D. Awarded: 1985
  • Douglas J. Cannalte Awarded: 1983
  • Soichi Yamada Awarded: 1983
  • Sizuya Tanaka Awarded: 1983
  • Kiyo Saito Awarded: 1983
  • Yoshio Ota Awarded: 1983
  • Shunsuke Tamura Awarded: 1983
  • Tetsuro Hatano Awarded: 1983
  • Toshito Kabayshi Awarded: 1983
  • Soichi Funai Awarded: 1983
  • Gary Hemming Awarded: 1982
  • Leigh N. Ortenburger Awarded: 1981
  • Thomas O. Nevison Awarded: 1981
  • H.R.A. Streather Awarded: 1981
  • Peter K. Schoening Awarded: 1981
  • Dee Molenaar Awarded: 1981
  • Robert W. Craig Awarded: 1981
  • George I. Bell Awarded: 1981
  • Charles S. Houston M.D. Awarded: 1981
  • Robert H. Bates