Vote for Kris Tompkins: 2017 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year


Photo: James Q Martin

Vote today to elect Kris as National Geographic’s People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year and help drive Tompkins Conservation’s mission forward! People’s Choice Voting Ends December 16th, 2016 

We are pleased to announce the nomination of our founder and president Kristine Tompkins to be 2017’s National Geographic Adventurer of the Year. Each year National Geographic honors 10 adventurers who have demonstrated remarkable achievements in exploration, adventure sports, conservation or humanitarianism. This year, Kris made the list in recognition of her 25 years of work to restore vital ecosystems and landscapes in Chile and Argentina. Through this work she and her late husband, Douglas Tompkins, along with their partners and local governments, have protected more land than any other private individuals in history—over 3 million acres.

Kris was born and raised on a ranch in southern California, except for a three-year stint in Venezuela. At age 15, she met and befriended rock climbing legend and equipment manufacturer Yvon Chouinard. After graduating from the College of Idaho, where she ski-raced competitively, she helped build Patagonia, Inc., starting as a shipper and working her way up to CEO. During her 20 years as CEO, Kris worked with Yvon to build Patagonia into a renowned “anti-corporation” and a leader in the outdoor apparel industry. In 1993, Kris retired from Patagonia, married Doug Tompkins (founder of The North Face and Esprit), and turned her talents to saving nature’s beauty and diversity.


Doug and Kris, Patagonia, 2004. Conservation Land Trust

In 2000, Kris founded Conservacion Patagonica (CP) to create national parks in Patagonia that save and restore wildlands and wildlife, inspire care for the natural world, and generate healthy economic opportunities for local communities. CP’s first project was the establishment of the 155,000-acre Monté Leon National Park, Argentina’s first coastal national park. In 2004, Kris and CP launched the Patagonia National Park project to establish a new 700,000-acre national park in Chile’s Aysen Region; this initiative is now in the process of being donated to the Chilean government.

Through their initiatives, Kris and Doug Tompkins have helped to establish six new national parks and are working to create five more. When the donations are complete, Tompkins Conservation hopes to leverage these donations to protect 13 million acres of land in Chile and Argentina.

Kris Tompkins truly exemplifies what it means to be an adventurer; pushing the limits of conservation and stewardship while sparking a global conversation around protecting and preserving our fragile planet.

Starting November 3rd, the public will get the opportunity to vote for Kris as National Geographic’s People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year. Vote today to highlight Kris’s many achievements and help drive Tompkins Conservation’s mission forward! People’s Choice Voting Ends December 16th, 2016 

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The future Patagonia National Park, Valle Chacabuco, Aysen, Chile. Photo: Linde Waidhofer


The future Pumalín National Park, Chile. Photo: Linde Waidhofer

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Red-winged macaws, the future Iberá National Park, Corrientes, Argentina. Photo: Hernan Povedano

21 thoughts on “Vote for Kris Tompkins: 2017 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year

  1. Jaime Rojas
    Tuesday November 8th, 2016 at 09:28 PM

    Voto por Kris por su gran labor de protección de los ecosistemas.

    1. Alicia Rodriguez
      Thursday November 17th, 2016 at 07:14 PM

      Voto pot Kris Tompkins

  2. Ana María Jorquera
    Friday November 18th, 2016 at 09:15 PM

    Voto por Kris por su labor ecológica

  3. Nury saavedra
    Saturday November 19th, 2016 at 11:19 PM

    Por rescartar un pedazo de Chile que estaba totalmente deforestado

  4. Erick Del Valle Arias
    Sunday November 20th, 2016 at 11:13 AM

    Voto por Kris Tompkins por su amor y cuidado con la naturaleza, gran Conservasionista y Ecológica .Merecedora del reconocimiento a la Aventurera del Año National Geographic 2017

  5. Lucile Glessner
    Monday December 12th, 2016 at 05:58 AM

    I vote for Kris and the amazing work her and her late husband Tom have been doing for so many years in Chile!

  6. Alceu Fernandes
    Thursday December 15th, 2016 at 06:10 PM

    We need your knowledge in Brazil.

  7. Thursday December 15th, 2016 at 06:20 PM

    Pelo excelente trabalho envolvendo a proteção de mais de 1.200.000 hectares no Chile e Argentina!

  8. Dirceu Schmidlin
    Thursday December 15th, 2016 at 09:48 PM

    Kris, voto pela sua dedicação em proteger o meio ambiente

  9. Thursday December 15th, 2016 at 11:27 PM

    In my view, he work of Kris Tompkins and her late husband Doug embody the true significance of human endeavors defined as “adventure.” It goes far beyond inspiring yet transient individual efforts of trekkers, pioneers and sportsmen to exemplify life-long dedication to preserving and protecting those places in which the more “common” everyday adventures can take place. In that context I believe Kris would be an excellent choice as your 2017 Adventurer.

    Alan Robinson. Park planner, community tourism adviser, resource management biologist since 1970

  10. Vitoria Yamada
    Friday December 16th, 2016 at 12:16 PM

    Voto por Kris Tompkins: 2017 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year

  11. Friday December 16th, 2016 at 06:37 PM

    Clóvis Borges

    16 de dezembro de 2016

    Voto por Kris Tompkins pelo seu incomparável esforço pela conservação de grandes áreas na América Latina.

  12. Ana Piñeiro
    Tuesday December 20th, 2016 at 03:18 PM

    Voto por Kris Tomkins por su iniciativa en la conservación de los ecosistemas, principalmente la fauna y su hábitat. Y por su gran labor de divulgación y protección incluyendo a las comunidades de esa zona. Se lo merece

  13. Rebeca Dominguez
    Tuesday January 10th, 2017 at 04:10 PM

    Voto por Kris por su gran labor de protección de los ecosistemas

  14. Michelle Ehlert
    Sunday January 15th, 2017 at 05:05 PM

    Exemplary woman. Definitely someone to emulate, I can’t think of a more beautiful conservation legacy to leave behind than the work in Chile/ Argentina. I sincerely hope to meet her when I visit/ volunteer in Patagonia.
    You have my vote.

  15. Wednesday February 8th, 2017 at 02:33 PM

    Kris Gran aporte para el ecosistema y la conservación.


  16. Alejandro Vivanco Cané
    Tuesday February 14th, 2017 at 11:05 PM

    Voto por Kris Tomkins por ser una mujer que entrega todo por la naturaleza y promueve con mucho entusiasmo su amor por la flora y fauna

  17. Nicolas Schulman
    Thursday February 23rd, 2017 at 01:30 AM

    Well it is too late to vote but it is never too late to show and implement your support for those 2 individuals who keep preserving beauty in all senses of the word….

  18. Osvaldo Nestor Herrera
    Sunday March 19th, 2017 at 09:40 PM

    Voto por Kris Tompkins.

  19. Jo Sanders
    Tuesday March 21st, 2017 at 09:58 PM

    Kris has a passion and care for our planet and her lifetime commitment to this endeavor – along with her late husband, Doug Tompkins, is legendary. We need many more humans with this kind of commitment!

  20. Sunday May 28th, 2017 at 02:20 PM

    Voto por Kris Tompkins, Porque ella y su esposo a través de la Fundación Pumalín, nos dieron otra visión de lo que es vivir valorando y cuidando el entorno natural.

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