Career summary

I’m a writer who specializes in adventurous and historic subjects, and I’m available for assignments and presentations.

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Here’s my career summary:

book signing, 2012

book signing, 2012

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 an infantry platoon in Panama, for which he earned the Combat Infantryman’s Badge. 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, Crouch became a writer. Among many dozens of articles, he has written about a U.S.-Iranian climbing exchange in Iran for The Atlantic, adventuring in Oman and Patagonia for National Geographic, and about Mount Everest for The Wall Street Journal and National Geographic Adventure. He has written stories about 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 authored equipment reviews for Outside, examined fire starting devices for Popular Mechanics, penned several how-to articles for Backpacker, and wrote dozens of adventure stories for Rock & Ice, Ascent, and Alpinist. For five years, he was a senior contributing editor at Climbing, where he focused on writing personality profiles of famous climbers. As a book critic, his reviews regularly appear in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The New York Times Book Review.

hpqscan0001The Mountaineers Books published Crouch’s classic tales of climbing adventure and tradition as a book called Goldline. Falcon Press published his how-to book Route Finding: Navigating with Map and Compass, and his alpine memoir, Enduring Patagonia (Random House, 2001) is considered a modern classic in climbing circles and was chosen for the Barnes & Noble “Discover Great New Writers” program.

A forgotten World War II flying story captured Crouch’s attention in  the first decade of the Twenty-first Century. He spent eight years meticulously researching the story of William Langhorne Bond and the China National Aviation Corporation, traveling to China and around the United States to ferret through archives and interview survivors to produce China’s Wings: War, Intrigue, Romance, and Adventure in the Middle Kingdom During the Golden Age of Flight (Bantam, 2012), a book one reviewer lauded as a “a first-rate saga of aviation, wartime politics, and business that manages to be gripping without sacrificing scholarly rigor” and “an exceedingly appealing combination of adventure story, aviation and military history, and earthy travelogue.” His work has been quoted in Newsweek, The Atlantic, Alpinist, The South China Morning Post, and by NPR. He is currently writing a book for Scribner’s.

2011 05 17 cover mock up v2Crouch’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, Gregory Crouch lives in the San Francisco Bay Area of California.

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13 Responses to Career summary

  1. Dina Howard says:

    Great website Greg. Can’t wait to really have time to explore it all! Congrats. xo,

    • Gregory says:

      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.

    • Ed Howard says:

      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!

      • Gregory says:

        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?

  2. I am very glad that the Climber Exchange Program gave me the opportunity to meet you.

  3. Mark Pomeroy says:

    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!

    • Gregory says:

      Thanks, Mark! Great to hear that China’s Wings served well in Shanghai. Thanks for checking in. cheers, Greg

      • Mark Pomeroy says:

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

  4. sam dempsey son of mick dempsey says:

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

    • Gregory says:

      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

  5. Debra Sola Hauff says:

    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!

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