The Foundation is inspired by Ross' life, supporting endeavors of altruism through humanitarian travel, the creative arts, and spiritual development.
Traversing a precarious mountain ridge with ease high above Montana’s Paradise Valley. Serenading friends with song around a backyard campfire. Or total immersion of the soul into a new sculpture, photography essay or poem.
This is how family and friends remember Ross Lynn — always seeking new adventures through travel, climbing, art and spiritual exploration. His life selflessly inspired and challenged others to do the same.
The Ross Lynn Foundation’s mission is to carry on his legacy by providing financial support and programs to those who seek to cultivate compassion, nurture the creative spirit and live with hope of the greater good.
Ross was born and raised on the family farm in Louisiana, and shaped as a young man by the sweeping mountain ranges of the West. It was in Montana where he learned to climb and found a passion for world travel. He shared a rope with many of the top mountaineers in the world on climbing trips that took him to six continents and the highest peaks in South America and the Himalaya. He volunteered his time at the Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation’s Khumbu Climbing Center in Phortse, Nepal.
Ross spent countless hours in the workshop chiseling his hands as a blossoming artist and craftsman. His artistry transcended various mediums and styles, from abstract iron sculptures, to photography, writing and music.
Yoga and meditation guided Ross in his spiritual journey later in life. As a contemplative student of Richard Rohr and Thomas Merton, Ross lived out of a deepening faith with gratitude and presence. His rhythm of life was grounded in peace and profound love, and he found expression through a quiet responsiveness of serving the underserved.