National Geographic Adventurer, artist, activist, humanitarian, author, and mountain biker.



Shannon Galpin founded the non-profit Mountain2Mountain and the activist organization, Combat Apathy to fight for women’s rights globally. Believing that connecting communities and cultures twas key to combating the apathy that prevents action, and that changing perceptions was just as important as sticks and bricks projects, she creates projects and programs provoke discussion and action through art, sport, and citizen activism. 

Supporting grafitti art projects in Kabul, creating the Streets of Afghanistan exhibition, and the upcoming Cross the Line global installation, Shannon has focused on projects that empower voice and inspire others to combat apathy.

Her creation of the Strength in Numbers cycling program started in Afghanistan and will be spreading globally in 2015 to empower women to ‘pedal a revolution’.

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“Shannon is as brave as they come. For almost a decade she has battled the odds to empower Afghanistan’s dispossessed and disabled populations. Now, at a time when women’s rights are again under attack across South Asia, she provides a poignant story of how education and sport can overcome Taliban attacks and social neglect. Inspiring as only a real doer can be.”

– Parag Khanna, Senior Fellow, New America Foundation, and author of The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order

“Mountain to Mountain is nothing short of phenomenal. This captivating, inspiring and heart-warming memoir shows us all that, with unbounded and unwavering passion, determination and courage, change can happen and mountains can be moved, one pedal stroke at a time. Shannon Galpin, and the women of Afghanistan, I salute you and your illimitable strength.” 

– Chrissie Wellington MBE, 4 time Ironman World Champion