He has worked on several film projects, including Seven Years In Tibet, and in 1996, Broughton was the cultural advisor and correspondent to the Everest IMAX filming expedition.
Coburn was awarded the American Alpine Club's Literary Achievement Award for 1997 for his body of work. His latest book, Everest; Mountain Without Mercy (National Geographic Books), which reached number 17 on the New York Times Bestseller list. His first book, Nepali Aama; Life Lessons of a Himalayan Woman, now in its fourth edition, documents the life of an elderly subsistence farmer in the Himalayas. Coburn's second book, Aama in America; A Pilgrimage of the Heart, is the dramatic tale of his trip with Aama (at age 84) on a 12,000-mile pilgrimage in search of the soul of the United States. This story has been optioned as a feature film. Coburn has also written an award-winning children's book about Sir Edmund Hillary for National Geographic Books, and his fifth book, Touching My Father's Soul , is a collaboration with Jamling Tenzing Norgay (one of the stars of the Everest IMAX film). Touching My Father's Soul is also a national bestseller.
Coburn has written magazine articles for Discover, New Age, The Denver Post Magazine, and other magazines. For four seasons, Coburn has lectured around the United States as a headliner of the Knife and Fork Club circuit of dinner engagements, presenting the story described in his second book.
At present, Broughton Coburn is Special Projects Director for the American Himalayan Foundation, a charitable organization based in San Francisco, chaired by Richard Blum.
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