Jeremy Schmidt is a writer and photographer of natural history and adventure travel, especially along the winding frontiers between the modern world and what’s left of the natural and indigenous. He is the author or co-author of more than fifteen books and hundreds of articles for magazines including Audubon, International Wildlife, National Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, Natura (Italy), Panorama (Netherlands), Outside, GEO, and others. For twelve years he was the adventure columnist for Universal Press Syndicate.
Assignments have taken him to all continents except Antarctica, to report on panda research in China, apartheid’s impact on the national parks of South Africa, volcano surfing in Russia, Buddhist pilgrims in Tibet, the nature reserves of Costa Rica, India’s last working elephants, throat-singing reindeer nomads in Mongolia, the survival of mountain gorillas of Congo during the Rwandan genocide, and more.
His book Himalayan Passage won the first Barbara Savage Award for adventure writing; it’s recently been called a “classic of Himalayan travel as it used to be.” He figures that just means it’s an old book. Other awards include the 1992 Lowell Thomas Award for travel writing (in National Geographic Traveler), and the Ranger Rick John Strohm Award for children’s writing.