As a lifelong adventurer and outdoor educator, Nancy Pfeiffer has traveled from Antarctica to the Arctic Ocean. Life as a mountaineering guide has given her the opportunity to experience the world’s highest summits, yet it is the landscapes and cultures encountered along the way that intrigue her most. Her published works range from poetry to scientific research, and explore subjects from the joys and frustrations of building a house as a single woman, to mountaineering for paraplegics.
Since graduating from Colorado Mountain College in 1979, Nancy has energetically pursued life without picking a major.
As a novice horsewoman, Nancy took off across Patagonia alone on horseback. Over the next two decades and three thousand kilometers of rugged horse trail, the hospitable people who live there took her in, and Patagonia slipped silently into her soul. As if watching a beloved child grow up, Nancy bore witness to the subtle, yet disturbing, changes barreling down on Patagonia.
“Nancy Pfeiffer writes with an easy going, conversational grace, with pithy aphorisms tossed in to spice things up.”— JON TURK, Author of In the Wake of Jomon, The Ravens Gift, and Crocodiles and Ice
Nancy now lives with her husband photographer Fredrik Norrsell in a cabin outside Palmer, Alaska, where she enjoys hauling water, chopping wood, and high-speed Internet.