Greatest Outdoor Dynasties: The Bishops

Can you say “good genetics”? These six clans own their fields generation after generation.


In 1963, Barry Bishop was a member of the first American team to summit Everest, a feat for which he was awarded the Hubbard Medal by President Kennedy. He took that experience home with him, teaching his son, Brent, to climb along the East Coast and in Wyoming.

In 1994, Brent became the first American legacy to follow his father’s footsteps up Everest. That year, he also co-founded the Sagarmatha Environmental Expedition, a group that would clean more than 5,000 pounds of trash from the mountain. Brent summited Everest a second time in 2002, as part of the National Geographic Mount Everest Expedition that marked the 50th anniversary of the first ascent of the mountain. With his two children now learning the ropes, a third generation of mountaineering Bishops may soon be upon us.

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