Jan Reynolds was born on a Vermont dairy farm. She became a nationally ranked cross country ski racer
in high school, continued in college, and raced biathlon for the U.S. National Team, after setting climbing
and skiing records all over the world, especially in the Himalaya. She even took a hot air balloon over
Everest! Well, almost, she crashed, but they made an award winning film, and set another world record.
Jan is a prizewinning photojournalist whose intrepid adventures have taken her to every continent,
photographing and recording vanishing cultures to preserve their unique heritage for future generations.
Her work has been featured in the New York Times, National Geographic, Esquire, Vogue, People, and
several ski and outdoor magazines, and she has appeared on the covers of Outside and Ultrasport. She
co-authored Everest Grand Circle, and then set off around the world living with indigenous people for her
award-winning Vanishing Cultures series (seven books) for children published by Harcourt Brace
Jovanovich, which won the prestigious Parents’ Choice Award and was used by the author to try to teach
children about sustainability and what it means for our world. Her new book, High Altitude Woman is
about the difference in the way men and women think, speak, and behave. Having been the only woman
on all these expeditions she combines her anecdotal experiences with social science research to explore