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New Book! Highpointing for Tibet: A Journey Supporting The Rowell Fund by Dr. Steve Gardiner with John Jancik

Highpointing for Tibet by Dr. Steve Gardiner with John JancikJohn Jancik wanted some adventure in his life and decided he would climb the highest mountains in all fifty states in one year. His friend, the famed outdoor photographer Galen Rowell, had recently been killed in a small plane crash, so John decided he would promote his climbs of the state highpoints, a project he called "50 for Tibet," as a fundraiser for The Rowell Fund, an annual Fund administered by the International Campaign for Tibet that provides grants to support Tibetan writers, artists, and musicians.

At the time, John owned ECHO Geophysical Corporation in Denver. He recruited several employees, clients, friends and family members to help him in his quest to reach all fifty state highpoints. He also called Steve Gardiner who joined the project. The group reached the highpoints of more than 40 states that first year, then extended their project to international highpoints. Eleven years later, the project is still alive and well. They have raised more than $250,000 and helped support Tibetans make significant contributions to their community and international audience in the fields of visual arts and media, and environmental and women's rights. During their travels, the 50 for Tibet group experienced planning and dreaming, hope and joy, fear and sadness.

Gardiner and Jancik teamed up to write "Highpointing for Tibet," an account of the adventures they experienced. The book, featuring 38 photos, provides a background on the situation in Tibet and takes the reader on a journey across the United States to mountains such as Mount Whitney, Mount Rainier, Granite Peak, Mount Katahdin, and beyond the U.S. borders to Ecuador, Norway, Sweden, Japan, Australia, Spain, and more.

John Mitchler, editor of the Highpointers Club quarterly magazine A to Z said he has seen other groups use highpointing as a charity fundraiser, "but none have pursued it with the conviction and success seen by 50 for Tibet. The expansion of their mission to country highpoints around the world has definitely added a unique angle to their story, and proves their deep support for Tibet".

Gardiner recently retired after teaching high school English and journalism for 38 years. He is the 2008 Montana Teacher of the Year and has published articles in The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Christian Science Monitor, Educational Leadership, Phi Delta Kappan and many others. This is his fifth book.

Jancik, who owned a geophysical company for over 26 years, has previously published one book about original geographic exploration and mountain climbing. A native of Wisconsin who currently resides in Colorado, he has climbed mountains on six continents.

The book is available to purchase from Mountain Light Gallery. Please email or call 760-873-7700 to order.

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