This year’s Legacy Luncheon for the Parks will feature a man know for pushing the limits of American adventure and expanding an international outdoor apparel company. An adventurer since his teens, Ridgeway has witnessed decades of change in the wilderness and racked up many diverse accomplishments from summiting the world’s second-highest mountain without supplemental oxygen to producing an Emmy award-winning film.
Ridgeway’s resume of expeditions and initiatives have some tough critics impressed, with The Rolling Stone recognizing him as “the real Indiana Jones,” and National Geographic honoring him with its “Lifetime Achievement in Adventure” award. Encounters with avalanches, rock fall, and countless precarious situations presented by nature inform his innovative leadership strategies at Patagonia.
As the vice president for environmental affairs, Ridgeway works to progress Patagonia as a leader in stewardship of the world’s natural resources. He oversees initiatives that develop standardized tools to measure sustainability in the apparel industry, protect wildlife corridors, and partner with customers to take responsibility for the full life cycle of their products.
Beyond these impressive accomplishments and activities, Ridgeway owned an outdoor photo and film agency and was a consultant for Kelty Pack Company for more than 20 years. Ridgeway has also produced six books, dozens of magazine articles, and more than 30 adventure shows.
Ridgeway will join in celebrating a year of accomplishments for Legacy Parks Foundation at its annual outdoor luncheon along the banks of the Tennessee River on UT’s Cherokee Farm, Oct. 7 at 11:30 a.m. Individual seats are now available for reservation and selling out fast. Reserve your seat online or by calling 865-525-2585.