Hall of Fame Nominee
Explorer Jan Reynolds raised the bar for skiers worldwide when she completed the highest
descent from a summit on Mustagata in the Pamirs, National Geographic magazine 1980, and
held the high altitude skiing record for women for a decade. Esquire Magazine selected Jan as
“Athlete of the Decade” for her world records including the grueling first descents in winter on
Himalayan Everest Grand Circle expedition, and as top biathlete in the first women’s World Cup
Championships 1984. Jan was the only woman on expeditions which garnered corporate
sponsorship, elevating and expanding extreme ski mountaineering as a sport, internationally.
Jan and Ned Gillette, were first athletes ever hired by The North Face, creating a new
professional occupation for ski mountaineers.
Jan won “Mountain Man” the winter Iron Man for skiers, finishing among the top males and
continued leading imaginative expeditions using skate, telemark, rondonee skis, even
snowboards, landing her on the cover of Outside, Ultra Sport, and Women’s Sports and Fitness
magazines with headlines, “Is There Anything She Can’t Do” and “This is Jan Reynolds who loves
doing things no woman has ever done.” Jan took skis worldwide; solo over Himalayan Nangpa
La for National Geographic and pushed equipment limits ascending/descending with skating
skis on 21,000’ Mera peak, writing and photographing for Ski, Powder, Outside, Backcountry, Snow Country, authoring 20 nonfiction books.
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