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Gregory Crouch is the author of the upcoming book The Bonanza King: John Mackay and the Battle Over the Greatest Riches in the American West (Scribner), scheduled for publication on June 19, 2018.

Crouch specializes in adventurous and historic subjects. He is also the author of the true-life World War II flying adventure China’s Wings (Bantam, 2012) and the mountaineering memoir Enduring Patagonia (Random House, 2001).

A regular book critic, Crouch has reviewed more than 25 books for The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times Book Review, and NPR Books, among others. He is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. (Links to all of Crouch’s reviews can be found here.)

Among many dozens of articles for a wide range of national publications, Crouch has written about a U.S.-Iranian climbing exchange in Iran for The Atlantic, cave exploration in Oman and winter mountaineering in Patagonia for National Geographic, and about Mount Everest for The Wall Street Journal and National Geographic Adventure. Among well over a hundred articles, he has written stories about millionaire miner John Mackay for Smithsonian, and about Mark Twain for Time (both distillations from THE BONANZA KING), the Revolutionary War history of West Point for Historic Traveler, the worst peacetime disaster in the history of the United States Navy for American History, the forgotten 1937 Battle of Shanghai for World War II, and he wrote an essay about walking across Tierra del Fuego for Islands. He has authored equipment reviews and how-to articles for Outside, Popular Mechanics, and Backpacker, and dozens of adventure stories for Rock & Ice, AscentAlpinist, and Climbing, where he was a senior contributing editor for five years focused on writing personality profiles of famous climbers. He is also the author of Goldline: Stories of Climbing Adventure and Tradition (The Mountaineers, 2001) and Route Finding: Navigating with a Map and Compass (Falcon, 1999).

His work has been quoted in Newsweek, The Atlantic, Nautilus, Alpinist, The South China Morning Post, and by NPR.

In 1988, Gregory Crouch graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, where he studied military history. He completed U.S. Army Airborne and Ranger schools and led two infantry platoons. He left the Army to pursue other interests, most notably in adventure travel, rock and ice climbing, and high-stakes international mountaineering. He developed a particular obsession with the storm-swept peaks of Patagonia and made seven expeditions to those remote mountains, where he made a number of world-class first ascents.

Along the way, he became a writer.

Crouch’s entire career has been built from following his intellectual and adventurous interests to their absolute conclusions. One day, he hopes to write about surfing — his passion of more than 30 years, and the one about which he hasn’t yet written a word.

With his son, Ryan, and wife, artist Tina Rath, Gregory Crouch lives in the San Francisco Bay Area of California.

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    1. Thanks, Dina… sometime soon I’m going to be blogging about our ride to and from our 20th high school reunion, and me being reluctant to believe your husband could possibly be connected to flying in China in the 1930s…. a serendipitous connection that still boggles my mind.

    2. Dina is right. The website is cool, Greg. Nice to see your talent reflected on the Web. And thx for using my dad’s photos and crediting him. Congrats!

      1. Technically, Ed, aren’t those your grandfather’s photos? But you’re all Edward P. Howards anyway, right? Sometime soon, I’m going to post those two beautiful pen & ink drawings he did, and I’ll be trickling out most of those photographs in the months to come. Crazy connection. What’re the chances?

  1. Gregory-
    On a recent trip to Shanghai, I brought along China’s Wings to help re- create the excitement and the ambiance of 1930s China. It was a compelling read on both the complexities and the protocol necessary to permit the the birth of civil aviation in China, and in your description of events leading up to the outbreak of war with Japan. It made my trip all the more memorable. Bravo!

      1. Gregory, Was your mother by any chance Janet Crouch? If so she was my son’s second grade teacher in Santa Barbara.

  2. hi greg do you remember mick dempsey, The Nose 1993? still at it kinda hope you are,best wishes.

    1. Hell yes I remember Mick! That was one of my great climbing adventures — we had a great time together, both on the Nose and through that whole season in the Valley. How’s the old reprobate doing? Strangely, I just spoke to Scooter, the third guy on the climb, for the first time in a decade last week. I still do climb, although not as often – or as well – as I used to. I’ve done much more surfing these last ten years.

      Give Mick my best — I still talk about his stroke of genius loading a bottle of Jamison into the haul bag. Made the climb.

      Cheers, Greg

  3. Any chance to get an autographed copy of your book China’s Wings? My dad would have loved a copy but sadly he has passed away now! He was a great aviation buff and good friends with Doc Rich!

  4. Greg – awesome website. Gwen and I wanted to say hi and let you know when your travels take you out east, you are welcome to take on the surf here in NC. I recently retired after almost 28 years and Gwen has been out since 2010 and is now doing well as a A-E firm president. I am now a HS teacher!. In any event, we have a nice pad with a room for you if you want to tackle the waves of Wrightsville Beach and all that Wilmington has to offer. All the best, brother. NTTG!

    1. Steve! How nice to hear from you. Thanks for reaching out. Psyched to hear that you and Gwen are doing well. I’ll definitely take you up on that surfing invitation if I ever find myself out that way again. Glad you liked the website–now I’ve just gotta get you to read my books. God knows, I need readers. ;-) NTTG, GC

  5. Hello Gregory Crouch,

    I wish to thank you for the for the book, “The Bonanza King” I have received via you
    from my daughter Ellen. It is most kind of you to do this for Ellen. It is again an honor to receive the book from her signed by you. I really enjoyed “China’s Wings” also from her through you. Can’t wait for the next one on Patagonia. Continued in all your successes.

    Paul H

    1. Thank you, Paul! I was delighted to do it for her (and you). I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed CHINA’S WINGS, and I hope THE BONANZA KING is equally pleasurable. Cheers, GC

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