Sandy Hill is an author. Her most recent book, Mountain (2011, Rizzoli), is a collection of more than 250 photographs she curated from historical and contemporary sources, depicting the world’s mountains.
She is best known as an adventurer and a mountaineer. From 1990 - 1996, Sandy achieved her goal of climbing the highest mountain on every continent, known as the Seven Summits, including Mt. McKinley in North America, Aconcagua in South America, the Vinson Massif in Antarctica, Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa, Mt. Elbrus in Europe, and Puncak Jaya in Indonesia. In the Spring of 1996, after two prior attempts, one of which was by the remote and extremely difficult Kangshung Face route, she reached the 29,028' summit of Mt. Everest, making her the fourth American woman on the chronological list of climbers on that peak and among the first people in the world to have reached all of the Seven Summits.
Sandy’s other outdoor interests include fly fishing, wing shooting, skiing, horseback riding and sea kayaking. Touring the Arctic by sea kayak in search of narwhal whales, crossing the Masai Mara in Kenya on horseback, retracing the steps of Lewis and Clark in Montana, and trekking to the remotest regions of Mexico, India, Bhutan, China, Nepal, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Pakistan and Morocco, are just a few of her other unique outdoor adventures.
In addition to her achievements as a sportswoman, Sandy has been a Contributing Editor to Vogue and has written feature articles for publications including USA TODAY, Allure, Vogue, Skiing and Men's Journal magazines. Until 1986, she was the President of "In Fashion," a division of RJR Nabisco, where she conceived and produced cable television programming targeted to women. Prior to holding that position, she was the Beauty Editor of Bride's magazine and the Merchandising Editor of Mademoiselle.
She has also written one other book, Fandango, an exuberant lifestyle cookbook published by Artisan Press in 2007. In this large-format, lavishly illustrated coffee table book, Fandango expresses her spirited and imaginative approach to entertaining on her vineyard and ranch in Santa Barbara, California. More than just a collection of original recipes, Hill vividly conveys the essence of this unique location, with lively essays about local culture, customs, history, and style bringing an especially rich context to her topic.
In the last five years, Sandy has been the subject of feature stories in national style publications including Vogue, More, Elle Décor, “T”, “C” and Santa Barbara Magazine. Prior to 1999, the press coverage of Sandy has been extensive including several well-of-the-book stories in Vogue. In 1994, she was named one of the "Women We Love,” by Esquire Magazine, one of the "15 Women Who Will Brighten Your Future" by McCall's, and called a “Force of Nature” by the New York Observer.
She is also known for her civic and philanthropic interests. Sandy currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Mark Morris Dance Group and on the Advisory Board of the University of California at Santa Barbara Art Museum. Previously, she has served on the boards of the Rainforest Foundation and the Dream Team of Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital. She has chaired and directed numerous fundraising efforts for nonprofit institutions including Direct Relief International, The St. John School on Gifft Hill, the 8 Tuff Miles Road race in St. John, the Providence-St. Mel School in Chicago, The New York City Ballet, The School of American Ballet, the Dance Theatre of Harlem, The New York Shakespeare Festival, AMFAR, The Gay Men's Health Crisis, The Central Park Conservancy, and the Robin Hood Foundation.
Sandy, who was born and raised in Northern California, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Los Angeles and has attended Columbia University in the Master’s Degree program in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. After spending more than 30 years living in New York City, she currently resides in Venice, California.