William Mathews Brooks in the great outdoors what McGuyver was to getting out of sticky situations. Just like McGuyver, who could take a ball-point pen, a paper clip, a rubber band and bubble gum and fashion a crude instrument to pick a lock or blow up a bunker, Brooks is just as talented. If the adventure involves a plane, a boat, skis or a mountain, Brooks is your man.
Brooks, who hails from California, is an aviator, sailor, experienced mountain guide and businessman. His company, Brooks-Range Mountaineering Equipment Co., sells products throughout the world. He holds several aviation records for speed and distance, and he’s been sailing since he was a kid. There is very little in the outdoors he can’t do.
When he’s not overseeing his company, climbing a mountain, flying a plane or sailing a vessel, he is working with one of the many organizations or charities to which he is a member, including, the American Mountain Guides Association, in which he was the recipient of both the gold Medal (2010) and the Lifetime Achievement Award (2012), the American Avalanche Association, the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE), which he co-founded, holds an appointment from the City and County of San Francisco as a Commissioner for the San Francisco Asian Art Museum in which he is a, the International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS), and the Brooks-Mathews Foundation.
William Mathews Brooks is indeed a lot like McGuyver, but with one very important exception: he’s not fictional. He’s a real person, but one with extraordinary talents and skills that even the fictional McGuyver would envy.