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Here’s my career summary:
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 adventurous 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. Recently, he has become a regular book reviewer for The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.
The 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.”
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, Gregory Crouch lives in the San Francisco Bay Area of California.